GEARED UP FOR EVERYTHING.
The driving dynamics of the BMW X3.
The embodiment of a Sports Activity Vehicle, the BMW X3 impresses with maximum flexibility. The basic chassis proves to be agile in the city and on tight bends, comfortable and safe on the toughest of road surfaces, yet directionally stable and reliable even at high speeds. BMW xDrive, the intelligent all-wheel drive, ensures the best possible traction in all weather conditions. And with options such as Dynamic Damper Control, you can further adapt the chassis of the BMW X3 to your individual requirements.
DYNAMIC DAMPER CONTROL.
The Dynamic Damper Control makes it possible to ideally adjust the damper characteristics to suit any given driving situation, improving comfort and driving dynamics. In addition to the standard Comfort setting, which minimises bumps and other unpleasant vehicle movements, there are two other programs available: the Sport and Sport+ modes. In these modes, the dampers are automatically tightened to allow for a sportier driving style.
The intelligent BMW xDrive four-wheel drive system adapts perfectly to even the most challenging road surface conditions, ensuring outstanding traction at all times. With xDrive and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), the vehicle remains directionally stable and on track. Split second response times allow xDrive to distribute drive power flexibly between the two axles for optimum grip. In this way, xDrive combines the advantages of all-wheel drive – traction, directional stability and safety – with classic BMW agility.
A clear message even in difficult situations: xDrive Status shows the big picture. When driving over rough terrain, the driver has access to information relevant to off-road driving both on the instrument panel and in the central Control Display. In addition to an easily readable compass for orientation (only in conjunction with Navigation System), the longitude and transverse slope of the vehicle as well as the current steering lock angle are also shown – not only numerically, but also with a graphic 3D display of the car itself.
The Performance Control distributes engine and braking control to the individual wheels when turning. Because the outer wheels have to move a longer distance than the inner wheels when turning, the BMW Performance Control intervenes by means of engine output and controlled braking: The outer wheels get more power while the inner wheels get less, maximising traction on each of the wheels. This means that the vehicle practically turns itself, thus increasing driving safety and comfort.
VARIABLE SPORT STEERING.
The variable sport steering with Servotronic enables a direct and agile driving style with less physical effort when steering. It reacts to the angle of the steering wheel independently from the current speed with various steering ratios. This reduces the steering movement required when steering at particularly large angles. This significantly increases agility and improves handling in sharp turns, along narrow roads or when making sudden swerves while using a particularly sporty driving style. It also increases comfort when parking, turning and manoeuvring. For small steering angles, the system provides excellent directional stability and a very high degree of steering precision.
DRIVING EXPERIENCE CONTROL.
Comfort Mode, ECO PRO Mode and Sport Mode.
Driving Experience Control lets the driver choose between the Comfort mode, for standard engine and transmission settings, the ECO PRO Mode, geared towards efficiency, and the Sport mode, which enables even more dynamic driving. The fuel-efficient ECO PRO Mode intelligently adjusts the characteristics of the accelerator pedal and transmission, as well as the heating/air conditioning settings.
Efficiency with ECO PRO Mode.
The ECO PRO Mode reduces fuel consumption by up to 20 percent. The "coasting" function (only available with Steptronic transmission), Route-Ahead Assistant and ECO PRO Route (only available with Navigation system Professional) further help to conserve fuel. The Route-Ahead Assistant uses the navigation system to assess local road conditions and give tips in advance. If there is a speed limit change around the next curve, the system advises the driver to slow down before turning.
ECO PRO Route.
ECO PRO Route also helps to ensure efficient use of fuel. It suggests an efficiency-optimised route that takes into account the volume of traffic, individual driving style and local conditions. The "coasting" function allows the vehicle to coast along the road at up to 160 km/h when the driver takes his or her foot from the gas without braking. In Sport mode, the car responds more directly, allowing for a sportier driving style.