BMW X3 (E83)
|2003 to 2010|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Compact executive crossover SUV|
|Body style||4-door SUV|
|Layout||Longitudinally mounted, front engine, four-wheel drive|
|Engine||3.0L 260 hp (190 kW) I6|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic and manual|
|Wheelbase||2,795 mm (110.0 in)|
|Length||2004-08: 179.7 in (4,564 mm)
2009-present: 4,570 mm (179.9 in)
|Width||1,855 mm (73.0 in)|
|Height||2007-08: 1,675 mm (65.9 in)
2004-06 & 2009-present: 1,673 mm (65.9 in)
The first generation BMW X3, internally designated as the E83, is a compact executive crossover marketed by German automaker BMW from 2003-2010. Based on the BMW 3 Series platform. BMW markets the crossover as a Sports Activity Vehicle, the company's descriptor for its X-line of vehicles.
The E83 was designed by BMW in conjunction with Magna Steyr of Graz, Austria — who also manufactured all first generation X3s under contract to BMW. BMW manufactures the second generation X3 at their Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, United States.
|Options: Equipment included on some trim levels|
All X3 models feature BMW's all wheel drive system, with a default 40:60 torque split between the front and rear axles and the ability to direct all torque to either axle.
|Luggage Capacity||480 litres|
|Unbraked Towing Weight||720kg|
|Braked Towing Weight||1600kg|
Model Year 2005
- Bluetooth could actually be ordered straight from the factory (part of the Premium Package) and functioned without dealer intervention. (Although the BMW X3 was originally offered and promised with Bluetooth support in 2004, none of the cars that shipped from the factory actually had it installed. Few were able to get it to work with servicing from their dealer.)
- The interior was upgraded with more consistent plastic panels. Also instead of having grey carpeting which was present on all 2004 X3s, the 2005 X3 came with carpeting that matched the leather ordered (with the exception of the Terracotta interior with black carpeting).
- Slightly softer suspension.
- Front fenders are one piece, as opposed to the two piece found on 2004 models.
- A 2.0d engine became available in some markets - joining the 2.5i and 3.0i engines (found stateside) as well as the 3.0d engine sold elsewhere in the world.
- An 'Open-Door' indicator was added on the 2004 models.
Model years 2006–2010
In September 2006, the E83 received a facelift with revised headlights, grill, front bumper, tail lights, rear bumper, and interior.
For the 2007 model year, the US market X3 was powered by the N52 inline 6-cylinder engine that debuted on the 2006 E90 3 Series. Internationally, the X3 received smaller engines including the 4-cylinder petrol and diesel options.
In Europe, the range started with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol, a 4cyl. turbo diesel and continues with 6-cylinder turbo & bi-turbo diesels.
2.0i Petrol Performance
|Top Speed||123 mph|
|0-60 mph||11.1 secs|
|Torque||200 Nm, 148 ft-lb|
|CO2 Emissions||223 g/km|
|Euro Emissions Standard||4|
|Miles Per Tank||442 miles|
The largest diesel offered was the sport diesel with 286 bhp (213 kW; 290 PS).
3.0sd M Sport Performance
|Top Speed||149 mph|
|0-60 mph||6.2 secs|
|Torque||580 Nm, 428 ft-lb|
|CO2 Emissions||208 g/km|
|Euro Emissions Standard||4|
|Miles Per Tank||530 miles|
U.S. market 2006 X3's were equipped with a version of the 'M' technik body kit with unpainted door sills and wheel arches. U.S. spec Sport Package 2006 X3's received the full 'M' body kit (with painted front, side and rear plastic) available internationally as a factory accessory. 2.5i was removed for sale from the U.S. and Adaptive headlamps and a panoramic sunroof were made available, as well as upgraded dashboard components and leather seating.