BMW X3 (E83)

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BMW X3 (E83)
BMW X3 front 20080524.jpg
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2003–2010
Assembly 6th of October City, Egypt (BAG)[1]
Graz, Austria (Magna Steyr)
Kaliningrad, Russia (Avtotor)[2]
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive crossover SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Longitudinally mounted, front engine, four-wheel drive
Related BMW 3-Series
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)
2009-10: 4,570 mm (179.9 in)
Width 1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height 2007-08: 1,675 mm (65.9 in)
2004-06 & 2009-10: 1,673 mm (65.9 in)
Successor BMW X3 (F25)

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.

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.


Euro NCAP scores
Adult Occupant: 4/5 stars
Child Occupant: 4/5 stars
Pedestrian: 1/4 stars


  • "Yellow Angel" 2008 in category Quality [4]
  • "Yellow Angel" 2009 in category Quality [4]


Petrol engines[edit]

Model Year Engine code Power Torque 0–100 km/h Top speed km/h
2.0i/ xDrive20i 2004-2010 N46B20 110 kW (148 hp) @6200 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) @3750 11.5 198
2.5i 2004–2006 M54B25 141 kW (189 hp) @6000 245 N·m (181 lb·ft) @3500 8.9(MT) / 9.8(AT) 208
2.5si/ xDrive25i 2007-2010 N52B25 160 kW (218 PS) @6500 250 N·m (180 lb·ft) @2750-4250 8.5(MT) / 8.9(AT) 210(MT/AT)
221(MT)* / 220(AT)*
3.0i 2004–2006 M54B30 170 kW (231 PS) @5900 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) @3500 7.8(MT) / 8.1(AT) 210(MT/AT)
224(MT)* / 210(AT)*
3.0si/ xDrive30i 2007-2010 N52B30 200 kW (272 PS) @6650 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) @2750 7.2(MT) / 7.5(AT) 210(AT/MT)
232(AT)* / 228(MT)*

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Year Engine code Power Torque 0–100 km/h Top speed km/h
xDrive18d 2009-2010 N47D20 110 kW (143 PS) @4000 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) @1750 10.3 195
2.0d/ xDrive20d 2005-2007 M47TU2D20 110 kW (150 PS) @4000 330 N·m (240 lb·ft) @2000 10.2 198
2007-2010 N47D20 130 kW (177 PS) @4000 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) @1750-3000 8.9(MT) / 9.2(AT) 206(MT) / 205(AT)
X3 3.0d/ xDrive30d 2003-2004 M57TUD30 150 kW (204 PS) @4000 410 N·m (300 lb·ft) @1500-3250 7.9(MT)/ 8.2 (AT) 210(MT/AT)
218(MT)* / 215(AT)*
2004-2010 M57TU2D30 160 kW (218 PS) @4000 500 N·m (370 lb·ft) @1750–2750 7.4(MT) / 7.7(AT) 210(AT/MT)
3.0sd/ xDrive35d 2007-2010 M57TU2D30 210 kW (286 PS) @4400 580 N·m (430 lb·ft) @1750–2250 6.4 240

* In combination with optional Edition Sport, M-Sport package, dynamic packet or certain alloy wheels.

Model Year 2005[edit]

  • 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[edit]

2006–2008 BMW X3 (E83) 2.5si, Australia

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. The largest diesel offered was the sport diesel with 286 bhp (213 kW; 290 PS).

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.

Since September 2008, the Edition Exclusive and Edition lifestyle were available. The M-Sport Package was replaced in March 2009 by the Sport Limited Edition.


  1. ^ Interone Worldwide GmbH. "BMW X3 : Overview". Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  2. ^ "Группа компаний Автотор :: Автомобили BMW". Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  3. ^ "Ergebnisse des BMW E83 beim Euro NCAP-Crashtest" (in German). Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b [1]

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