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libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
Anyone interested in the upcoming BMW X3? It seems like a minature SUV, comparable in size to a Suzuki Vitara or Kia Sportage. It's main competitor would probably be the Land Rover Freelander. Due to its apparent size, I wouldn't consider it.


  • riri23riri23 Posts: 15
    I have seen the spy photos for the new X3 and it looks to me like a tall station wagon (pic. of black model), but the pictures that I think are CG (silver model) look much more attractive and appears more like a small-Ute.

    Anyone saw the concept xActivity vehicle in the North American International Show and got a better sense of what it would look like?Also, any ideas on pricing? Freelander range?

    Any comments appreciated,
  • zspdr94zspdr94 Posts: 2
    Hey, I got my first look at the X3 today. BMW has released some teaser material and it looks good. It's a dead ringer for the the xActivity concept except with a roof and all. It's not as tall as the X5, but more of a pumped up wagon as the spy photos show.
  • x3lrvrx3lrvr Posts: 2
    I went on the BMW USA website , and they have actual pictures of the x3 (European Version ) but it looks great . I currently own a Nissan Pathfinder (2001) and I do believe that Nissan makes a good product , but look out when you are trying to get something fixed , I have been to several dealerships , and i will never buy another Nissan (UNskilled Mechanics everywhere). I bought a 2001 BMW 325 for my wife and i have had no problems . My next SAV will be either an x3 or an x5 .
  • raychuang00raychuang00 Posts: 541
    I'm not impressed with the design of the new X3.

    It reminds me too much of small SUV that was designed for Hyundai or Kia.

    At the rate Bangle is going I'm NOT looking forward to the next-generation 3-series and 1-series cars due in a couple of years.
  • kennrskennrs Posts: 7
    There are a lot of official X3 photos at:

    I had thought the X3 was going to have iDrive, but there's no evidence of it in the photos. There's no fixed screen for it, only a pop-up navigation screen, which doesn't appear in all the photos. The switchgear layout looks about the same as in the current 3-series (although a display is missing from the audio unit). Hope this turns out to be the case.
  • riri23riri23 Posts: 15
    Some people will like it, others will not; so far I like what I see. Just want to know the pricing for US?

  • doctdoct Posts: 20
    in the mail read "psst..want to see the new X3?

    it had one of those old style novelties where you look in a little telescope to see a picture of a pretty girl in Atlantic City when you hold it to a light, but it had a X3 photo. good job BMW!! it also had a mail in card for more info and some marketing questions

    looking forward to this vehicle, currently drive 1996 328cic in summer and ford ranger in winter and moving toward only one auto.

    any other new info?
  • Though I'm not one to drool over SUVs, the x3, quite probably, will become my favorite SUV. An x3 3.0 with a 6 speed would be not only more fun to drive, but also more utilitarian than the other vehicles in its class. If it continues in the ruggedness of the x5, it will be a much better performer off road than the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute(the only REAL off-roading small SUV). Also, as long as the body lean isn't awful, this'll be great to take on those country back roads. God, I hope it has that sweet Bimmer exhaust note. If the price is right, and it's safe, it'll be my #1.
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    It's like the first subcompact SUV. I may have to start callling it a wagon, it's so small.
  • wsag26wsag26 Posts: 124
    There is no comparison between a BMW X3 and Land Rover Freelander. I know, and I bet you know that any BMW (especially if it was out for a reasonable price) would sell better than a Land Rover, even the X5 vs Range Rover. BMW is bringing out entry level sport coupes, compact sedans, and compact SUV's (like the X3) Love it or hate it design like other BMW's coming out at the moment (excluding 2004 BMW 5 and 2005 M5) like the 6 Series picture Edmunds has recently released to the public. I will update if I get anymore information.
  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    So what? They would still be in the same size and price range.
  • theo2709theo2709 Posts: 476
    I have to agree with libertycat on this one, that the X3 is small, and is basically a 3-series wagon with bigger shocks. Also, what is going on with the styling over there in Bavaria? To me, at least, the X3 looks rather dull, not as good-looking as the 3 sedan. Was Bangle in charge of this one? If he was, he must have been under a tighter chain ;). But the X3 will probably sell very well anyway, and I agree that it does have better off-road ability than other mini-SUVs on the market. And it will obviously be a blast to drive.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    thank GOD their is no iDrive.

    Time for Bangle to go.
  • nobeenobee Posts: 194
    Maybe a bit early but has anyone started comparing the X3 to any other models? I know I have...My quest for another vehicle ended with the XC70; however, I'm having second thoughts since the introduction of the X3..To me, the X3 just seems like that perfect niche vehicle that fits perfectly for my needs. Being married and with a baby on the way, I need a vehicle that's capable of hauling baby gear, groceries, golf clubs and at the same time being able to keep my head up amongst the beer-drinking, gun-totin' friends...In short, the X3 looks masculine enough for me to keep my "man card".
    Also, the initial pic of the interior looks outstanding! Cockpit looks very streamlined and professional. Wonder if it'll come with dual climate control? Can't wait 'til Sept!

  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    It is a great wagon. Volvo dealerships are a fun place to be and the XC70 has great styling, lots of room, and a pretty interior. However, you might as well get the lower priced V70 unless you like the XC70's body cladding. Believe me, the X3 will probably be too small for you. The X5 is compact, this is going to be subcompact. Smaller than a CR-V, Freelander, Rav4, Liberty, Escape, etc.
  • nobeenobee Posts: 194
    6 page review on the X3.,view,BMW.spy?artid=1- - - 3533&pg=1
    Author anticipates the price range to be between $43,000-$65,000 CAD. Roughly equates to $32,100-$48500 USD.

    Libertycat, V70 is a pretty good deal; however, the XC70 exterior and interior is really pleasing to my eye...Love the baseball glove-like leather stitching on the upholstery! Kind of reminds me of the Audi TT's leather stitching. I'm going to wait until the interior specs come out before I make any decisions. Hopefully, the cubic feet in the X3 will be similiar to the XC70.

  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    Funny, I WAY prefer the V70 exterior (body cladding isn't for me) and interiors seem to be the same. I mean same passenger and cargo room exactly, same colors and trims, etc. Would you get one with the wood trim? I sure would. I LOVE wood. Another reason the X3 isn't for me. Also, the X3 seems overpriced. Oh and thanks for the review, nobee!
  • vsromanvsroman Posts: 95
    I'm very partial to BMWs, currently with a 99' 528i Sport Package. However, I have recently caught myself drooling over the Infiniti FX35. Test drove it yesterday and loved it. Does anyone have any feeling on how this SUV will compare with the X3. I have read that the X3 will compete against the Freelander, Jeep Liberty, etc. but never see the FX35 mentioned.

    Seems to me they are after the same market...offering a great combination of sporty looks, luxury, performance, AWD, and some utility.

    The price I got on the FX35 with Sport Package was $38,500, which seems in the estimated ballpark for a nicely equipped X3.

    Your thoughts...
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 70,321
    A well equipped 325ix is about $38K. I can't imagine the X3 coming in cheaper than that. I think most of the ones you will see on the dealers lot will be $40K, and add $3-5K more for the 3.0 litre engine. I don't know what class that puts them in, but its way above any other similar sized crossover ute. Of course, that makes it just like BMW's other models.



    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    You have hit the nail on the head. They are PERFECT competitors. They both are VERY small SUVs. The FX is smaller than all of its current competitors.
  • miamicrv1miamicrv1 Posts: 66
    I think the dimensions are almost identical to the CRV. I for one find that a plus since the defacto standard of 188 inches more or less is 10 more than I need.

    But more importantly. BMW is not building the vehicle. It's being built by a firm in Austria. Frankly, I'd never buy anything made by BMW's South Carolina facilty. So this may be a plus to. Any opinions on likely build quality and reliability issues.
  • vsromanvsroman Posts: 95
    Trevor Hofmann, the reviewer on who wrote the X3 article emailed me to say that the FX35/45 are much more comparable to the X5. He says that the overall size and weight are closer to the X5. He had interesting thoughts on performance..."the FX35 would obliterate both the X3 and X5 3.0 in acceleration tests." Another interesting quote..."there isn't an SUV made that can match the FX in the corners, Porsche Cayenne included." This comes from a guy who LOVES the X3 and X5.

    For me, it just seems that the X3's price will not match the size and performance of the FX35. A well-equipped FX35 for 38K and the comparable X3 3.0 for 45K...I don't think so...

    For those of you who have not looked at the FX35, you must see if first hand...the pictures do not do it justice.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    x3-nice interior

    however the x5 has no cargo space, i can't see the x3 having that either.
  • nobeenobee Posts: 194
    Libertycat, I agree, the bodycladding on the XC70 is just okay, but having sat in both the V70 and the XC70, I just felt a bit more comfortable in the XC.

    Anyway, even though I'm excited about the X3's debut I'm a bit gunshy about purchasing a first yr model..Take the X5 for example. Seems like a lot of buyers had some growing pains with the 1st yr model. I guess time will tell...lets hope for the best!

  • libertycatlibertycat Posts: 593
    The Honda CR-V is a mini or compact SUV.
  • ariellearielle Posts: 9
    Any bets as to how the X3 will fare on fuel economy? Will the 2.5liter engine do better than 21 mpg on the highway? When will this model reach dealers?
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I sure hope that it doesn't cost me $40K. I think that the 2.5i version should start at about $32K. I've seen 325Xi Sport Wagons well equipped for about $36,500, so that's how much the X3 should be, maybe a thousand more for the special shocks.
    Thank GOD there's no iDrive.
  • x3lrvrx3lrvr Posts: 2
    I think the price will be a huge determining factor to see wether or not the X3 will sink or swim . Although it is a BMW, it will be compared with the vehicles in the same class, and if you are a BMW nut as I am, I would be more one sided to the X3 more than anything , but if BMW would like to get a piece of this market to the average consumer , they need to make it affordable .
  • partyboye1partyboye1 Posts: 16
    Did anyone notice the uncanny resemblance of the x3's ergonomics and the nissan sentra's? If you didn't, look at pictures of both and right back.
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