Official pics: 2003 BMW X3

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    My opinion:
    :cool: fenders. Black bumpers are :greddy: though. The front bumper is too busy.

    IBBangleflames.

    :hs:
     
  2. nucl3ar

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    Nice station wagon :ugh:
     
  3. mzmtg

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    Not bad.
     
  4. mucky

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    I don't see any hints of Bangle in it. Not bad, but interior reminds me of the Rav4. :hs:
     
  5. tun

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    It looks like shit, but I'll get used to it, like I do with every single BMW. :hs:
     
  6. I merely said it because OT has a tendency to blame everything on Bangle. Even though Bangle didnt design the new 5 series, he still gets the shaft. :squint:


    Personally, i dig this X3. Waiting for Acura RD-X :cool:
     
  7. Accords 4U2 NV

    Accords 4U2 NV OT's Resident Desi

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    looks like Darth Vader from the front.

    :ugh:
     
  8. tun

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    More info on this RD-X you speak of?
     
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    crap > *.SUV
     
  10. tun

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    I'm a Star Wars nerd and I don't see it. :squint:
     
  11. AxeWhlder

    AxeWhlder I'll eat your brain.

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    eeewww...

    The older bimmer suv's were alot nicer than that. Looks like a rav4 or something. :ugh:
     
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  13. tun

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    :rofl: Lol didn't notice. :big grin:

    Oh and the Acura RD-X sucks cock. :greddy:
     
  14. Acura RDX Redefines The Hybrid
    Although the hybrid electric vehicle is relatively new on the market, it has been billed as a way to sharply reduce fuel consumption. Vehicles such as the the Honda Insight and upcoming Civic HEV mate an electric motor to a downsized gasoline engine. Energy is recaptured during braking and coasting, and then reused--much like an electric supercharger--when a burst of power is needed.

    The Acura RDX prototype shows a different approach. The new concept SUV from Honda's luxury division also recaptures lost energy, but it uses that power to run two 25-hp motors attached to the rear wheels. As a result, the angular RDX offers plenty of performance and the equivalent of all-wheel drive. Envisioned as an urban vehicle, the RDX totals 250 hp with its 2.4-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine, which is mated to a clutchless manual transmission. The gearbox is operated via a console-mounted paddle shifter.

    The RDX’s interior boasts an array of high-tech gear, including a head-up display that projects pertinent information onto the windshield. Instead of rearview mirrors, this SUV employs cameras that display pictures on monitors attached to the steering wheel.

    There's little likelihood that RDX will be built in this form, but the performance-oriented hybrid may show up in Acura showrooms in production clothes in the not-too-distant future, according to Honda chief Tom Elliott. This type of hybrid system would probably cost about $3000 more than the Honda Insight's fuel-saving version.

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    Acura RD-X Concept Melds RSX Sport Coupe Performance,
    MDX 4-Wheel Drive Capability and Adds High-Tech Functionality

    DETROIT, Mich., January 6, 2002 --- The Acura RD-X concept SUV, designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas and making its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, combines the street performance of the RSX sports coupe with the 4-wheel drive capability of the MDX, and adds high-tech functionality.

    Targeted to meet the needs of youthful, urban professionals, the RD-X is both rugged city transportation and weekend sport machine. An innovative 4-wheel drive powertrain produces abundant power for maneuvering through city traffic or negotiating twisty mountain roads, while stow away rear seats leave plenty of room for personal gear, whether it be a laptop and blueprints or duffel bags and mountain bikes.

    "The RD-X is the perfect vehicle for young, active people who work hard during the week and play harder on weekends," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "It has the cargo space and rugged functionality of an SUV, but with 250 horsepower and a sport tuned suspension, it also has the credentials to appeal to the serious driving enthusiast."

    The RD-X is designed to be powered by a unique 250 horsepower, 4-wheel drive, hybrid powertrain that combines a high-output i-VTECTM engine with an Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system. Under the hood is a high performance 2.4-liter, 16-valve, DOHC 4-cylinder engine coupled to 6-speed, close-ratio clutchless manual transmission, which drives the front wheels, while the advanced IMA system powers the rear wheels.

    Inspired by Honda's Formula One race cars, the RD-X's clutchless manual transmission uses computer controls to operate the clutch for smooth engagement. Shifting is accomplished with a paddle shifter conveniently mounted close at hand on the center console while the close-ratio design of the gearbox helps the driver extract maximum performance from the engine.

    To boost acceleration and enhance handling, especially in foul weather, the RD-X boasts a newly developed IMA system with twin electric motors to power the rear wheels when extra driving force or traction is needed. This unique configuration increases power and distributes torque similar to an all-wheel drive SUV.

    To complement its advanced powertrain, designers gave the RD-X a highly tuned chassis. Fully independent front and rear suspension, large 4-wheel disc brakes, large 18-inch wheels and 235/60R18 tires combine for tenacious grip and an aggressive look.

    The RD-X's chiseled exterior styling provides both excellent visibility for driving in city traffic, and a feeling of security when parked on urban streets. To that end, the RD-X employs a compact upper body with an aggressively raked belt line, substantial wheel flares and a unique, glass roof. Run flat tires, retractable headlights, substantial bumpers and plenty of ground clearance add to the strong look of the vehicle and supply the grit to handle the hazards of urban and off-highway driving.

    Inside, the RD-X seamlessly combines a driver-oriented cockpit with a large, easily transformable cargo area. Dual front bucket seats, trimmed in durable, high-tech fabrics, are positioned close together rally-style to facilitate easy communication between the driver and the front passenger. Rear action seats angle outward for increased legroom and can be quickly folded forward and stowed when more cargo room is required. While the front seats are fixed, the RD-X's instruments, steering wheel and foot pedals can be adjusted forward and back to comfortably accommodate drivers of different statures.

    A heads-up display projects pertinent information such as speed, fuel level, and other warning lights onto the windshield within the peripheral view of the driver allowing the driver to keep his eyes focused on the road. This display is shared with the Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System, which provides mapping coverage of the entire United States and stores information on more than 3.7 million points of interest. Instead of side view mirrors, the RD-X employs two rear-facing cameras located on the front fenders. These cameras transmit a clear view of rearward traffic on both sides of the vehicle to displays mounted on the steering column.

    To enable quick and easy loading of large gear, such as bicycles, kayaks or snowboards, the RD-X has unique doors on the side and in the rear. Since it does not have a B-pillar, the RD-X's "wide open" side doors can open outward from the center to provide the largest possible opening into the vehicle. In the rear, instead of the upward swinging hatch featured on most SUVs, the RD-X boasts two powered doors that slide open to the sides and hug the flank of the vehicle to allow easy access to the rear cargo area, even in tight quarters. These doors combine with a low, flat floor to facilitate extremely easy loading and unloading of gear that might otherwise be unwieldy in cramped urban situations.

    A hidden storage area in the side panel of the rear cargo area makes it easy to securely stow briefcases, laptops and other valuables that might be damaged if placed in the main cargo area. Built-in brackets on the floor hold bicycles securely during transport. In addition, the rear portion of the glass roof opens to allow loading and transporting of objects that are too tall to otherwise fit in the cargo area.

    "The RD-X is really two vehicles in one," said Elliott. "During the week, it's quick and rugged enough to meet the unique demands of urban driving. On weekends, fold up the backseats, throw in a couple of bicycles or other gear and you've got an SUV that drives like a sports coupe."
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    January 6, 2002

    Detroit Auto Show
    Acura RD-X
    Performance-oriented SUV concept cargo-clever




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    Detroit, Michigan - The Acura RD-X concept SUV, made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Sunday. Acura says the RD-X combines the street performance of the RSX sports coupe with the 4-wheel drive capability of the MDX and adds high-tech functionality.

    The RD-X is both rugged city transportation and weekend sport machine, says Acura. A 4-wheel drive powertrain produces abundant power for maneouvering through city traffic or negotiating twisty mountain roads, while stow away rear seats leave plenty of room for personal gear, whether it be a laptop and blueprints or duffel bags and mountain bikes.

    "The RD-X is the perfect vehicle for young, active people who work hard during the week and play harder on weekends," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "It has the cargo space and rugged functionality of an SUV, but with 250 horsepower and a sport tuned suspension, it also has the credentials to appeal to the serious driving enthusiast."

    The RD-X is designed to be powered by a unique 250 horsepower, 4-wheel drive, hybrid powertrain that combines a high-output i-VTEC engine with an Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system. Under the hood is a high performance 2.4-liter, 16-valve, DOHC 4-cylinder engine coupled to 6-speed, close-ratio clutchless manual transmission, which drives the front wheels, while the advanced IMA system powers the rear wheels.

    Inspired by Honda's Formula One race cars, the RD-X's clutchless manual transmission uses computer controls to operate the clutch for smooth engagement. Shifting is accomplished with a paddle shifter conveniently mounted close at hand on the center console while the close-ratio design of the gearbox helps the driver extract maximum performance from the engine.

    To boost acceleration and enhance handling, especially in foul weather, the RD-X boasts a newly developed IMA system with twin electric motors to power the rear wheels when extra driving force or traction is needed. This unique configuration increases power and distributes torque similar to an all-wheel drive SUV.

    To complement its advanced powertrain, designers gave the RD-X a highly tuned chassis. Fully independent front and rear suspension, large 4-wheel disc brakes, large 18-inch wheels and 235/60R18 tires combine for tenacious grip and an aggressive look.

    The RD-X's chiseled exterior styling provides both excellent visibility for driving in city traffic, and a feeling of security when parked on urban streets. To that end, the RD-X employs a compact upper body with an aggressively raked belt line, substantial wheel flares and a unique, glass roof. Run flat tires, retractable headlights, substantial bumpers and plenty of ground clearance add to the strong look of the vehicle and supply the grit to handle the hazards of urban and off-highway driving.




    Click image to enlarge
    Inside, the RD-X combines a driver-oriented cockpit with a large, easily transformable cargo area. Dual front bucket seats, trimmed in durable, high-tech fabrics, are positioned close together rally-style to facilitate easy communication between the driver and the front passenger. Rear seats angle outward for increased legroom and can be quickly folded forward and stowed when more cargo room is required. While the front seats are fixed, the RD-X's instruments, steering wheel and foot pedals can be adjusted forward and back to comfortably accommodate drivers of different statures.

    A heads-up display projects pertinent information such as speed, fuel level, and other warning lights onto the windshield within the peripheral view of the driver allowing the driver to keep his eyes focused on the road. This display is shared with the Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System, which provides mapping coverage of the entire United States and stores information on more than 3.7 million points of interest. Instead of side view mirrors, the RD-X employs two rear-facing cameras located on the front fenders. These cameras transmit a clear view of rearward traffic on both sides of the vehicle to displays mounted on the steering column.

    To enable quick and easy loading of large gear, such as bicycles, kayaks or snowboards, the RD-X has unique doors on the side and in the rear. Since it does not have a B-pillar, the RD-X's "wide open" side doors can open outward from the center to provide the largest possible opening into the vehicle. In the rear, instead of the upward swinging hatch featured on most SUVs, the RD-X boasts two powered doors that slide open to the sides and hug the flank of the vehicle to allow easy access to the rear cargo area, even in tight quarters. These doors combine with a low, flat floor to facilitate extremely easy loading and unloading of gear that might otherwise be unwieldy in cramped urban situations.

    A hidden storage area in the side panel of the rear cargo area makes it easy to securely stow briefcases, laptops and other valuables that might be damaged if placed in the main cargo area. Built-in brackets on the floor hold bicycles securely during transport. In addition, the rear portion of the glass roof opens to allow loading and transporting of objects that are too tall to otherwise fit in the cargo area.

    "The RD-X is really two vehicles in one," said Elliott. "During the week, it's quick and rugged enough to meet the unique demands of urban driving. On weekends, fold up the backseats, throw in a couple of bicycles or other gear and you've got an SUV that drives like a sports coupe."

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    Its still a couple of years away as you can see :hs:
     
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    hmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Kinda looks cheap.
     
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    i like it :dunno:
     
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    The ass end is very Saturn Vue-ish. :(
     
  18. mucky

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    Not really.

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  19. nucl3ar

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    The RD-X will never see production in a form anywhere near looking like that.
     
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  21. Merli

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    I'm sorry... Honest question here:

    What's the point? It looks to be about the same size as the X5?
     
  22. tun

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    No, it's definitely smaller. Think about the size of an RX300. Anyway, the rear is pretty much the same as the X5, but more compacted. :hs:
     
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    Really? Hmmm... Looks like it's got quite a long wheelbase here:
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    Hmmmm... Oh well, I think it's quite nice, but I don't like the rear styling so much... I still prefer an X5... If I were to buy a 4WD, it would DEFINITELY be a 4.4L X5 :bigthumb:
     
  24. mucky

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    No. The X5 is pretty much the size of the RX330 already. Both X5 and RX are part of the luxury cross-over SUV class. The X3 competes more with the Land Rover Freelander and Jeep Liberty probably.
     
  25. tun

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    This is the European model BTW, so we might get some little differences for the American one.
     

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