BMW X3 M Sport Package more details and photos

2011 BMW X3 with M Sports Package - 12.16.2010
2011 BMW X3 with M Sports Package - 12.16.2010

Available next spring

First announced back in July, BMW has released further details and photos of the M Sports Package for the 2011 X3.

Designed to maximize driving pleasure, the package features a body-color aerodynamic styling kit, high-gloss shadow line trim, and unique 18-inch alloy wheels (19- and 20-inchers are optional). If that isn't special enough, customers can order Carbon Black metallic paint which is exclusive to the M Package.

Inside, designers added sports seats (with Pearlpoint fabric / leather upholstery), a sport steering wheel, and brushed aluminum trim.  Other goodies include an anthracite roof liner and plenty of M badging.

While there are no performance upgrades, the package will be available on all X3s starting next spring following a public debut in Detroit in January.

More details in the press release below.

Source: BMW

The M Sports package for the new BMW X3: Suspension, aerodynamics and exterior/interior components.

Sporty driving in the typical mould of the BMW X models is a defining feature of the new BMW X3. It has assumed its predecessor's mantle as the sportiest drive in its segment, and it is continuing to expand its lead on agility and driving dynamics. For an even more intensive driving experience, from model year 2011 the new BMW X3 will be available with the M Sports package. Developed by BMW M GmbH specifically for this new Sports Activity Vehicle, the package comprises a range of high-end suspension, aerodynamics and exterior/interior components. Highlights include the M Aerodynamic package, special alloy wheels and interior styling features which add to the sense of concentrated driving pleasure.

The new BMW X3 is already an extremely sporty machine, thanks to its all-new suspension. This, together with a longer wheelbase and increased track width compared with the previous model, brings an appreciable improvement in stability and lateral traction in dynamic driving situations. Electric Power Steering, meanwhile, offers typical BMW precision. Alternatively, an optional variable-ratio sports steering system can be specified.
The BMW X3 comes as standard with BMW xDrive permanent all-wheel drive, which is calibrated for optimised driving dynamics. The benefits are particularly noticeable during sharp cornering. Optionally, Performance Control can be added for even more agility on tight corners. Also, the new BMW X3 is the first BMW X model to be available with the electronically controlled Dynamic Damper Control system and Drive Dynamic Control, which allows the driver to customise the driving characteristics at the press of a button.

The M Sports package boosts the dynamic driving qualities of the new BMW X3 to new levels and gives them a distinctive visual dimension as well. It includes the M Aerodynamic package, chrome tailpipes and the BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line trim for the side window surrounds and roof rails. The M Aerodynamic package includes body parts painted in body colour at the front, rear and side of the vehicle, while the panel in the rear apron is painted in Dark Shadow metallic.

Sports suspension calibration and 18-inch M alloy wheels, plus Performance Control as an add-on to the standard-specification xDrive all-wheel-drive system, all enhance the excellent driving dynamics of the Sports Activity Vehicle. On the new BMW X3 xDrive35i, they are joined by a Sports automatic transmission, steering wheel shift paddles and variable sports steering, including Servotronic. 19-inch M alloy wheels with mixed tyres are also available, while 20-inch M alloys with mixed tyres can be ordered from the accessories range.

Sports seats with exclusive Pearlpoint fabric/leather upholstery, an M leather-trimmed steering wheel with multifunction buttons including a Cruise Control button, door sills with the M logo and an M footrest for the driver all add to the driving pleasure in the new BMW X3 with M Sports package. The high-end sporty theme is capped off by a BMW Individual roof lining in anthracite, brushed aluminium interior trim, an M shift lever (only for the BMW X3 xDrive 20d with manual transmission) and a stainless steel insert in the loading sill.

The M Sports package will be available for all engine versions of the new BMW X3 from spring 2011. As an exclusive option in conjunction with the M Sports package, Carbon Black metallic paintwork can also be specified as an alternative to the standard paint finishes.

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dmlgc dmlgc
"M Sports Package...no performance upgrades" I think BMW is over using the "M" brand. ugly looks like the pimped out MB GLK.
Dec 17th, 2010 10:43pm
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Deutsch100 Deutsch100
Hate all you want, but the X3 has been very successful for BMW. It has been a great car, and the new one looks even better. I hated the X3 when it first came out, but when the "facelifted" and greatly improved the interior in 2007, I like it a lot more. My best friend has a 2008 X3 3.0si, it now has about 50k miles and has been so reliable and a total joy to own. This new model looks really great. A lot of people want something that sits a little higher, has Xdrive...but they don't want or can't have some mammoth suv. This is a great mix of SUV and wagon. Gut gemacht BMW!
Dec 17th, 2010 7:06pm
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Hellbound Hellbound
With it snowing outside, I'd love to have one of these right now... Oh, and I don't if other people think I 'look a Cock', get a life and some self esteem for pete's sake.
Dec 17th, 2010 3:53pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
You can put fancy bumpers and shiny wheels on it all you want, but it's not a sports car. It's just a useless off-roader.
Dec 17th, 2010 2:32pm
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will_wonka will_wonka
...an improvement perhaps, but still ugly and pointless, at the end of the day, still no more good in the snow than any other BMW and you look a C**k to boot! Another laughable 4x4 by BMW.
Dec 17th, 2010 4:33am
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
It isnt actually that pointless, this is BMW's answer to the Q5, XC60 and GLK
Dec 17th, 2010 2:56pm
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