THE OLD BMW X3 always found itself in the shadow of the bigger X5. Both are a great solo drive on road thanks to their suspension set-ups, but the X3’s ride was harsh and it was an impractical size.


A new 2011 X3  has just been launched and according to Autocar, “It’s taken seven years, but the X3 is now a car we can heartily recommend.”


Lunar Caravans has been helping BMW appeal to the outdoor pursuits market by creating a mini outdoor expo at the German marque’s Bowker dealership in Preston.


Centre stage

Campbells Caravans, also of Preston, supplied a Clubman SE which took centre stage alongside the new SUV.


Lunar’s Marketing Manager, Lea Lawrence, said, “We were delighted to support the launch of the new BMW X3. The Lunar product fully compliments the new X3’s style and efficiency.


“It was also a fantastic opportunity to showcase caravanning as a great way to discover the outdoors in luxurious, home-from-home comfort.”


More powerful

For now, only one engine is available on the X3 – an xDrive20d SE with 181bhp and 280lb ft of torque starting at £30,490. This is cheaper and more powerful than its predecessor.


Importantly, the kerbweight figure remains at 1865kg, including 75kg for the driver, and the 2000kg braked towing limit hasn’t budged from the old model either.