BMW's first-gen X3 was blessed with the athletic abilities of the company's 3 Series, but added in a dash of versatility that helped drive sales of the SUV beyond the expectations. To date, the X3 has tallied more than 600,000 worldwide sales with U.S. buyers snapping up a quarter of that amount. Now, as BMW readies the second-gen X3 for launch, the German automaker has decided to up the ante by adding a bit more fuel efficiency to the mix.
The 2011 BMW X3 will hit the stage at the Paris Motor Show later this month and even though showgoers will likely be ooh-aah-ing over the vehicle's exterior, we're more interested in the goods that lie within. For the first time ever, BMW will combine its start-stop system with its legendary six-cylinder engine and attach all that to an eight-speed automatic transmission bolted up to the X3. It's sure to be quite the setup. Unfortunately, BMW saw fit to make this package available across much of the globe, but decided to exclude the U.S. and Canada from getting a crack at sampling this dreamy setup.