BMW has announced the all new BMW X3 for UK, which is more fuel efficient, better looking, better to drive and will prove to be more practical than its predecessor. For the new model year, not only the engines have been improved but there are new exterior colors and a revised interior. Furthermore, customers will also more equipment as standard.
Let us start with the powertrain options first. The X3 features an all turbo-diesel lineup starting with the X3 xDrive18d, followed xDrive20d, xDrive30d and xDrive35xd. The xDrive20d is powered by the new generation 2.0 liter diesel engine that now puts out 190 hp of power and 400 Nm of peak torque, an improvement of 6 hp and 20 Nm. This helps the model achieve a 0 to 62 mph sprint time in 8.1 seconds, a 0.4 second improvement. When the model equips the 8 speed automatic gearbox, the fuel efficiency improves by 7.1 percent along with a CO2 emission figure of 138 g/km.
For further improvement in fuel consumption and emissions, the xDrive20d can be ordered with optional 17-inch aero wheel and fourth generation reduced-rolling-resistance tyres – together bringing down the consumption and emission figures to 56.5 mpg and 131 g/km respectively. There is also a new entry level xDrive18d model that is available with a rear wheel drive configuration, a 6 speed manual gearbox and reduced rolling resistance tyres. The model produces 150 hp, returns 60 mpg and emits just 124 g/km of CO2.
The top of the range models, xDrive30d and xDrive35d, are powered by a 3.0-litre, 6 cylinder in-line turbo-diesel engine that produces 258 hp and 313 hp respectively. The peak torque figures for the two are 560 Nm and 630 Nm respectively.
For 2014, BMW will also be introducing an all new X3 xLine trim level. The new trim level comes with interesting features such as unique bumpers with metallic inserts, Satin Aluminium finished side cladding and air intake bars, exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, exclusive xLine leather upholstery, Sport leather steering wheel and a Dark Copper trim. The xLine model will cost £1,500 more than the SE model.