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BMW X3 diesel reportedly exceeds emissions limits, BMW denies any test rigging

The German luxury car maker has denied any wrongdoing after claims that its BMW X3 diesel comfortably exceeds European emissions standards under real-world conditions. A report in the latest edition of AutoBild magazine says that during real world testing an all-wheel drive BMW X3 equipped with a turbo-diesel engine had emissions that were 11 times over the European limit...

What is Alpine Diesel? Do I need Alpine Diesel when travelling to the snow?

With snow season in full swing, a question that often comes up at this time of year is — what is Alpine Diesel? When do I need to use Alpine Diesel and do I really actually need Alpine Diesel? CarAdvice reader Tom e-mailed us asking this question. Q: I am heading to the snow this weekend with my BMW X3 diesel...

2014 BMW X3 pricing and specifications

The BMW X3 has been updated for 2014, with a new turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, more standard gear and higher pricing for the new-look SUV. The revamped all-wheel-drive SUV range adopts a more aggressively styled front-end including new headlights and grille designs, different front and rear bumpers, LED side mirror indicators and the choice of four new colours and five new wheel designs...

2014 BMW X3 : new diesel engine, fresh styling for mid-sized SUV

A new diesel engine, refreshed styling and enhanced infotainment and driver assist technologies headline the upgrades to the 2014 BMW X3. Bound for March's Geneva motor show and Australian showrooms by September, the updated BMW X3 will debut the new-generation all-aluminium 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine for the luxury German car maker, offered initially in two states of tune...

BMW 1, 3, 5 Series, X1, X3, Z4 recall: 2893 cars affected in Australia

BMW Australia is recalling 2893 vehicles across six model lines due to a fault that could affect the vehicles' braking performance. Part of a global recall of approximately 176,000 cars, the local recall affects 116 BMW 1 Series hatches; 1985 3 Series sedans, 91 Tourings and nine Gran Turismos; 105 5 Series sedans; 277 X1 models; 283 X3s; and 27 Z4s built between November 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013...

2013 BMW X3: specification upgrade boosts SUV value

The 2013 BMW X3 has received a host of extra features that see the value of the premium SUV range increase by up to $8000. The entry-level BMW X3 xDrive20i and xDrive20d variants upgrade to 18-inch alloy wheels and gain an automatic tailgate, electric seats with memory function, and the Business Navigation system...

BMW X4 headed for Detroit motor show: report

A near-production-ready concept previewing the upcoming BMW X4 is set to debut at January's 2013 Detroit motor show as the German manufacturer looks to create yet another niche in the premium SUV market. Expected to debut in international showrooms from late next year, US publication Autoweek reports the X4 will lob around the same time as the Audi Q5-based Porsche Macan, which will be similar in terms of its concept, shape and size...

BMW X3 adds new two-wheel drive entry-level model

The BMW X3 sDrive18d will expand the current BMW X3 range to include its first two-wheel drive variant and provide a new introductory price point into the Bavarian-built SUV. The rear-wheel drive BMW X3 sDrive18d sports a 105kW 2.0-litre diesel engine delivering 360Nm between 1750-2500rpm and is available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission...

Lexus RX270: four-cylinder SUV to challenge BMW X3

The Lexus RX SUV range will expand to a third model in June, with a new four-cylinder petrol model giving the Japanese luxury brand a new lower price point to compete with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The new Lexus RX270 has yet to be officially confirmed, but CarAdvice sources say the model will follow the trend for SUVs that offer improved fuel efficiency by being two-wheel drive rather than all-wheel drive...

BMW X3 xDrive28i swaps inline six for turbo four

BMW Australia has boosted its X3 line-up, substituting the old naturally aspirated six-cylinder petrol engine  in the BMW X3 xDrive28i for a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. As we reported back in February, the four-cylinder replaces the previous 3.0-litre inline six. The new engine produces 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque, down 10kW but up 40Nm...

BMW X3 xDrive28i: four-cylinder turbo SUV here in May

BMW Australia will complete the revamp of its X3 line-up around mid-year when it substitutes the inline-six petrol engine in the xDrive28i for a more fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder unit. The new 2.0-litre N20 four-cylinder engine produces 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque (1250-4800rpm) – down 10kW but up 40Nm compared with the outgoing 3...