The X3 was the second SUV introduced by BMW. Referred to as a "Sport Activity Vehicle" (SAV) by BMW, the X3 is the smaller sibling of the X5. BMW introduced the X3 in 2004 and updated the it in 2007 with a new engine and transmission.
BMW X3 Engines
When introduced in 2004, the BMW X3 was available with two different V6 engines. The standard powerplant was a 184-horsepower 2.5-liter; the optional one was a 225-horsepower 3.0-liter. The 2.5-liter engine was dropped in 2006, and an all-new 3.0-liter was introduced in 2007. The new 3.0-liter V6 was rated at 260 horsepower. Regardless of engine or year, the BMW X3 had a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
BMW X3 Payloads
BMW X3 payload ratings have varied by year and model. Payload is the total weight of passengers and cargo that the X3 can support. When equipped with the 2.5-liter V6, the X3 had a standard payload rating of 992 pounds and maximum rating of 1,003 pounds. Pre-2007 models with the 3.0-liter V6 had a standard payload rating of 1,025 pounds and maximum rating of 1,036 pounds. From 2007 on, the X3 had a standard and maximum payload rating of 1,036 pounds.
BMW X3 Transmissions
The first-generation of the BMW X3 was available with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment. A five-speed automatic transmission was optional. Starting in 2007, a six-speed automatic transmission was made available as an option. A six-speed manual transmission was still standard equipment. The type of transmission did not alter the X3's maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
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