New Entry-Level BMW X3 And Range-Topping Diesel

Two new models will be joining the successful X3 range. A new entry-level petrol-powered X3 2.0i goes on sale in September while the same 3.0-litre diesel engine that has formed the bedrock of the X5’s sales success also comes to the X3.

Priced from £25,010, the X3 2.0i is available in Standard, SE, Sport and M Sport variants, the latter also marking the introduction of a new M aerodynamic styled model for the entire X3 range. The 1,995cc engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with power output rated at 150hp and torque at 200Nm. Zero to 62mph is accomplished in 11.5 seconds, maximum speed is 123mph, while fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 30.4mpg. CO2 emissions are 223g/km.

The X3 range now has a new top-flight model with the arrival of the X3 3.0-litre diesel. Available in SE, Sport and M Sport variants, prices start from £31,910. The new 3.0d model uses a 218hp turbo-diesel engine under the bonnet offering 500Nm of torque from just 1,750rpm. On-road performance is rapid with the zero to 62mph sprint covered in 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 130mph (136mph for Sport and M Sport models). Combined fuel consumption is 35.8mpg and the CO2 emission figure is 210g/km.

All diesel-powered models in the BMW range, unlike any other competitor feature as standard a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) for improved engine emission quality and a more aesthetic style courtesy of exhausts that point straight back. On the BMW X3 2.0d and 3.0d variants the DPF is standard.

Published 9 August 2005 Melanie Carter

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