BMW has announced two new models in the current BMW X3 lineup, including a BMW X3 xDrive35d and a BMW X3 xDrive20i. The new variants will be introduced into international markets, with an Australia release still pending.

2011 BMW X3

BMW has expanded the X3 range at both ends of the trim level spectrum. The new entry-level petrol model will be the xDrive20i featuring the new 2.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 137kW of power and 270Nm of torque. The new model will be available with six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission options.

At the top end of the range is the new xDrive35d. This model will sit on top of the current flagship xDrive30d. It features a 3.0-litre TwinPower turbo-diesel engine producing 233kW of power and 630Nm of torque. The engine is based on the same unit seen in the BMW 535d, only it has been slightly revised and now produces more power and torque.

BMW says this new flagship model is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 5.8 seconds, making it one of the quickest accelerating small-to-medium SUVs on the market.

The new models will be introduced into selected European markets in the next few months. Unfortunately for Australia, BMW is yet to confirm whether these models will be introduced into our local lineup in the near future. We'll keep you updated.