In mid-March, the entry-level xDrive20d and the xDrive28i will arrive in Australian showrooms, while the top-spec xDrive30d will be launched three months later in June.
The new xDrive20d diesel produces 135kW of power and 380Nm of torque. Fuel consumption in European testing is 5.6 litres/100km while CO2
emissions average 147g/km.
The xDrive28i replaces the outgoing model’s 25i and 30i variants, and manages 190kW and 310Nm from its 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine. Combined cycle fuel consumption is better than both old models (9.0 litres/100km) and CO
emissions are 210g/km. Accelerating from 0-100km/h takes 6.9 seconds.
The range-topping xDrive30d enjoys the most significant mechanical enhancements over the outgoing model. Power is up 30kW to 190kW and torque increases 60Nm to 560Nm. The car wipes 1.7 seconds off its 0-100km/h time (down to 6.2 seconds) and combined cycle fuel consumption is decreased by 22 percent (down from 7.7 litres/100km to 6.0 litres/100km).
A number of new standard features across the range have led to the improved efficiency. BMW’s new eight-speed automatic transmission is teamed with the brand’s EfficientDynamics and features automatic start-stop functionality for the first time. All models also feature brake energy generation and electric power steering to help reduce fuel consumption.
BMW says the new X3’s load space is the largest in its class. Luggage capacity is 550 litres and expands to 1600 litres with the 40/20/40 split rear seats folded down.
Standard features in the new cabin include a rear-view camera with a 6.5-inch high-resolution colour screen, USB connectivity, Bluetooth and keyless start.
The xDrive28i scores bigger 18in alloys and full electric seats with memory, while the xDrive30d adds X-Line styling and an automatic tailgate.
Optional features include electronic Performance Control, Dynamic Damper and Dynamic Driving Control with three settings (Normal, Sport, Sport+), and driver assistance systems like BMW’s Top View and Head-Up display.
Pricing for the all-new 2011 BMW X3 range:
- xDrive20d - $62,200
- xDrive28i - $71,900
- xDrive30d - $74,900
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