BMW has revealed its new X3 model, claiming it has an unbeatable combination of driving dynamics, style, efficiency and practicality.The X3 is powered by a new generation of TwinPower Turbo diesel engines which BMW states are powerful but efficient. All models, except the X3 sDrive18d come with the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
The sDrive18d and xDrive20d are fitted with a 2.0-litre diesel engine while the xDrive30d and xDrive35d are powered by a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbo diesel unit.
The entry-level sDrive18d model will sprint from zero to 62mph in 9.5seconds and go on to a top speed of 121mph. BMW also claims this model has the most frugal unit, returning 56.5mpg and emitting just 131g/km of CO2.
Peak performance comes from the xDrive35d model, which will complete the benchmark sprint in 5.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 152mph. Not to be outdone for efficiency, the model has a claimed fuel economy of 47.1mpg and it emits 157g/km of CO2 emissions.
Depending on the engine chosen, the X3 is available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic unit. An eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox is also available as an option.
Practicality is good as the car has 550 litres of cabin space, capable of expanding to a maximum of 1,600 litres with the seats folded.
Exterior design changes include new contouring for the front and rear bumpers while there are four new paint colours and five new wheel designs to choose from.
There are three trim levels available for the BMW X3, the SE, xLine and M Sport. The entry-level SE trim has a huge amount of standard kit, including Nevada leather upholstery, two-zone air conditioning, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels and Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
The range topping M Sport trim adds a leather steering wheel, M Sport suspension and 19-inch light alloy wheels. An optional M Sport Plus package is also available for this trim level.