BMW adds its new 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine to its X3 line-up; X5 M Sport revised

BMW has equipped its BMW X3 SUV with its new ‘TwinPower’ turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine. The 242bhp four-cylinder unit will be available in the X3 xDrive28i from spring 2012.

The engine, which also features in the 3-series and Z4, produces 258lb ft of torque between 1250-4800rpm. It helps propel the X3 xDrive28i from 0-62mph in 6.7sec.

BMW has also launched a revised M Sport package for its larger BMW X5 SUV. The M Sport package is available on all engine options and features 20in alloys, an exterior bodykit, xenon adaptive cornering headlights and a new M Sport suspension set-up.

Inside, M Sport-equipped X5s get a leather-clad M Sport steering wheel with shift paddles, individual anthracite roof lining, individual interior trim strips, M logo doorsills, stainless steel pedals and an M footrest for the driver. The M Sport edition also includes electrically adjustable sports seats.

Katie Hayes

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19 February 2012

Should be a good alternative to the diesels if it works as well in the X3 as it does in the F30 3-series.

19 February 2012

That engine would be more interesting in the X1, but it's not a 2.8!

19 February 2012

[quote J400uk]Should be a good alternative to the diesels if it works as well in the X3 as it does in the F30 3-series.[/quote]

It will be interesting to see if this engine takes more than 5% of X3 sales in the UK.

19 February 2012

[quote Fidji] but it's not a 2.8![/quote] All manufacturers commit such inaccuracies and it's really annoying. My car for instance is a 1.781 litre, but they insist on calling it a 1.8.

Drives me mad!



19 February 2012

[quote Leslie Brook]My car for instance is a 1.781 litre, but they insist on calling it a 1.8.[/quote]

Well said!

Really, who cares? 328 with a 2.8 or a 2.0: Not important. As long as you know it's place in the pecking order; that is all the badge is designed to do. Time moves on, so should we.

20 February 2012

True, the actual capacity is unimportant, but what is a crying shame is the loss of two cylinders. No 4 pot turbo will ever sound as ravishing to the soul as a straight six. But in every other way there's not much in it, so here's to the future?

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