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BMW has announced the arrival of the 2011 BMW X6 xDrive30d to the Australian market.

Due to popular demand, BMW Australia has had no choice but the bring the favourable 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine into the BMW X6 lineup. According to BMW Australia, over half of the BMW X5 SUVs sold in the country are fitted with the 3.0-litre diesel engine. The company also says, for the first time, that it sold more diesel cars than petrol during 2010, proving diesel’s growing popularity.

The BMW X6 xDrive30d is the new entry-level model, undercutting the previous xDrive35i entry model. The key feature to the 3.0-litre straight six diesel is the lower fuel consumption rating over the xDrive35d – averaging 7.4L/100km over the xDrive35d’s rating of 9.0L/100km.

Even though the xDrive30d is a more frugal option, it still makes up for a reasonably high-performance SUV. BMW says the car is able to shift from 0-100km/h in just 7.5 seconds, not bad compared with the xDrive35d’s time of 6.9 seconds. Providing the acceleration is the same 3.0-litre diesel as seen in other BMW models, offering an identical 180kW of power and 540Nm of torque.

Like all BMW X6 variants, the xDrive30d comes standard with Dynamic Performance Control, an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and a number of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies such as Brake Energy Regeneration, low rolling resistance tyres and third-generation common-rail diesel injection technology. It also comes in five-seater form with the optional three-seat rear bench.

The BMW X6 xDrive30d is now available to order from your local BMW dealer with prices starting at $109,900, excluding dealer charges, stamp duty and other on-road costs. Deliveries are expected to take place in June this year.

  • Damian

    The diesels are definitely the pick of the X6 crop. Sh*tloads of torque and better efficiency than a Corolla. You can’t lose.

    • Acfsambo

      Except its an X6

  • laurie

    BMW know how to produce fine diesels I believe this engine has won many awards since it was released the 330D was a scud missile when mated to this engine!

  • Shak

    BMW, no matter how much you try and tinker with this thing, its still as ugly as rotting bread.

    • Homer

      Great engine, ugliest most stupid car for ages.

      • zahmad

        Yet Aussie’s are buying them.My s13 Silvia is harder to see on the roads than the X6!

    • Duckula

      Friend has a red one… ( yeah I dont know why either) its stupid to look at, I feel stupid being in it, I feel stupid when I drive it ( thankfully only home from the pub when friends are drinking) I feel like its a Tonka Truck…. ( sorry no offence to Tonka) and another thing, the seats are really hard… and mucho uncomfortable – I suggested the rip out the seats and put the seats from my mums old 929 – funnily enuff they werent overly excited…

  • V8 UTE!

    I love the X6…..But I would like the X6M

    • Homer

      V8 ute signature says it all. A 1980′s Lada has more class than this!

  • Miop

    The Neogerman interpretation of a panzerkampfwagen tank.

  • adam smolkowicz

    Looks semi decent

  • Voper

    The only people who knock this car are the ones who can’t afford it.
    Show me a better Mercedes or Audi in this class, there isn’t one, I know Iv’e tried them all.
    Also don’t mess with the diesel go for the Twin Turbo V8
    it’s awesome

    • Herman the German Car Lover

      The only people that knock the X6 are those who haven’t driven it much or can’t afford one. It’s a great car if you want a fast SAV and don’t have a big family.