The Towing Specifications of a BMW X3


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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