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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 BMW X3 xDrive30d has now arrived in local showrooms, completing the 2011 BMW X3 range that was launched in Australia in March.

The BMW X3 xDrive30d model sits at the top of the local range above the X3 xDrive20d and the X3 xDrive28i. It is powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine with 190kW of power and 560Nm of torque, representing a 30kW/60Nm increase over the previous model.

Fuel consumption and emissions have fallen by more than 22 per cent, with combined cycle figures down from 7.7 litres/100km to 6.0 litres/100km, and CO2 from 206g/km to 159g/km.

The savings are the result of a range of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, including brake energy regeneration, automatic start/stop, electric power steering and other engine revisions.

Additional features over the X3 xDrive20d include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic tailgate, leather upholstery, electric seat adjustment and the X-Line package, which adds aluminium and titanium-look exterior highlights.

New features over the previous-generation X3 diesel include the eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-view camera, USB connectivity, 6.5-inch colour screen and 40/20/40 split-fold rear seats.

2011 BMW X3 manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • xDrive20d – $62,200
  • xDrive28i – $71,900
  • xDrive30d – $74,900



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