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BMW’s beefed-up X3 is going greener

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

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BMW has revamped its mid-size SUV, the X3 which brings along a new crop of more powerful and efficient diesels.

The first thing to notice about the next generation of what has been a successful model for the Munich firm is its styling revisions, which include a sleeker headlight design, a new surround for the kidney grille and fresh front and rear bumpers.

The effect makes the X3 look more macho, and closes a gap with its bigger brother the X5 which has always been a more butch and bulbous design.

Despite its meatier looks, the new version, which is due to go on sale in the summer, is actually only one centimetre bigger than its predecessor - its length now up to 4,657mm - but all other dimensions, including its wheelbase, are unchanged.

Inside the story is fairly similar. The amount of space on offer has not changed but tweaks in the new model include additional chrome detailing, a newly-designed centre console, new cupholders and a leather steering wheel that now comes as standard.

The big news from the new range will be its more efficient engines and the new version is launching with all-turbo-diesel line-up.

The new-generation, all-aluminium, 2.0-litre diesel engines use common-rail direct injection with solenoid valve injectors which push the output of the X3 xDrive20d from 184hp up to 190hp torque is also up from 380Nm to 400Nm.

The increase in performance cuts the zero to 62mph acceleration time by 0.4 seconds to 8.1 seconds

Range-topping variants of the new X3 are powered by tweaked versions of BMW’s much lauded 3.0-litre, six-cylinder in-line, turbo-diesel engine.

The new BMW X3 sDrive18d achieves a combined fuel consumption figure and CO2 emissions of 60.1mpg and 124g/km while the top-spec, 152mph xDrive35d is still good for 47mpg.

The new X3 is available in SE, xLine and M Sport trim levels. SE models come fitted with leather upholstery, two-zone air conditioning, cruise control, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB.

Seventeen inch alloy wheels, a rain sensor and automatic headlights finish off the spec sheet.

The new SE models now also come with the BMW Business navigation system, heated front seats and an automatic tailgate.

Buyers could also opt for the new SE Plus package which adds Harman-kardon loudspeakers, Sun protection glass, Adaptive Headlights, High-beam Assistant and a one-inch increase in alloy wheel size for £2,850.

The new xLine models can be identified from the outside by metallic inserts in the bumpers, satin aluminium side cladding and bars in the air intakes, simulated underguards at the front and rear and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the new model features exclusive xLine leather upholstery, dark copper trim and a sport leather steering wheel.

BMW’s EfficientDynamics package is standard across the range, but efficiency is the buzz-word for the newcomer, which also sees start-stop, brake energy regeneration, and a gear shift indicator added.

BMW has also engineered an on-demand operation of ancillary units to keep fuel consumption and emissions down, as well as giving the option of aerodynamic wheels and tyres with reduced rolling resistance.

The new BMW X3 goes on sale in June, priced from £30,990 for the X3 sDrive18d SE.

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