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BMW adds to the X-factor


HOT ON the heels of the local X5 launch, BMW Europe has announced details about the upcoming X3. The first-generation X3 came about in 2003 and was not the roaring success the brand hoped it would be. The outgoing model was a far improved product that has found a home with many South Africans. The third generation will be looking to take off where its predecessor has left off.

First up is a new generation of TwinPower Turbo diesel engines, which are improved in terms of performance, fuel efficiency and of course C02 emissions. There are four diesel engines and two petrol unitsdestined for the overseas market while information on the local models will be provided closer to the new X3’s introduction.

The diesel models consist of a new 140kW 2.0-litre in the xDrive20d, which has a claimed consumption figure of 5.0litres/100kmandCO2emissionsof 131g/km. The smaller 110kW sDrive18d is the economy king of the line-up, with fuel consumption of just 4.7 litres/100km. The two bigger diesel models are the xDrive30d, which now produces 190kW and uses 5.7 litres/100km of fuel and the xDrive35d with its massive 630Nm of torque on tap.It is claimed to just sip 6.0 litres/100km though.

The petrol engines consist of the familiar 180kW 2.0-litre turbo with emissions of 162g/km and fuel returns of 7.0 litres/100km. The bigger xDrive35i uses the proven 3.0-litre straight-six turbo engine seen in other BMW models. It produces 225kW and uses 8.3 litres/100km.

In the looks department, the X3 has also received a bit of attention. Up front,it gets new twin circular headlights as well as a redesigned kidney grille and revised front and rear bumpers. The vehicle is only 10mm longer than the car it replaces, however, it benefits from a rear load capacity that varies from 550 litres to 1600 litres. Inside there are new cupholders in the centre console with a sliding cover.

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