BMW X3 xDrive30e is plug-in hybrid (PHEV). A plug-in hybrid means the car has larger traction battery, than a regular hybrid. This battery can be recharged from an electric socket, and under certain conditions the car can travel several dozen kilometers on electric power alone.
Traction battery in the hybrid X3 has just 12 kWh capacity. For reference the Mercedes-Benz A250e has a 15.6 kWh traction battery, and it is a much smaller, lighter, and more aerodynamic car. BMW claims electric range is up to 55 kilometers.
The BMW X3 E83 debuted in 2003 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The car was based on the 3 Series platform. The first generation was designed in cooperation with Magne Steyer, and all X3s were made in Graz, Austria. All cars had xDrive AWD with default 40:60 front-rear torque split. Thanks to electronically controlled multi-plate clutch up to 100 percent of torque could be sent to front or rear.
The second generation debuted in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show. Production moved to the US. The X3 F25 got much bigger, and was almost as big, as the first generation X5 (E53). At launch all cars had xDrive AWD, but later on sDrive RWD were offered in some markets as well.
The current, third generation X3 (G01) has similar dimensions to the second generation model, but at 2864 mm the wheelbase is 50 mm longer. BMW says the current X3 is also much different from its predecessor in the design sphere, with long bonnet, and short front overhang, which is supposed to emphasise the car’s ideal 50:50 mas distribution.
BMW X3 is offered in Advantage, xLine, Luxury and M Sport trims.
↔ BMW X3 dimensions:
✔ length: 4708 mm
✔ width: 1891 mm
✔ height: 1667 mm
✔ wheelbase: 2864 mm
✔ boot/trunk: 450 L
💲 BMW X3 starting price: 45 132 euro
💲 BMW X3 xDrive30e price as tested: 75 000 euro
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