The X3 xDrive30d is powered by BMW’s 2993cc inline six-cylinder TwinPower turbodiesel and generates 254bhp and 413lb ft. Claimed combined fuel economy for this variant, which is only available with the automatic transmission, is 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions are put at 156g/km.
In the flagship X3 xDrive35d the same engine puts out 309bhp and 465lb ft, accelerates from 0-62mph in 5.3sec and hits a top speed of 152mph. This variant’s claimed combined fuel consumption of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 157g/km are improvements over the outgoing model.
Exterior changes include a new, sleeker headlight design, a new surround for the kidney grille and fresh front and rear bumpers, all of which bring its look more into line with that of its big brother, the X5.
Apart from a one millimetre increase in length that takes it to 4657mm, the second-generation X3’s basic dimensions are unchanged, meaning it is 2089mm wide and 1678mm high, with a wheelbase of 2810mm. Boot space is an unchanged 550 litres with the rear seats up, increasing to 1600 litres with the bench folded.
Inside, there are some modest tweaks such as additional chrome detailing, a revised centre console, new cupholders and a standard-fit leather steering wheel. New options of exterior colours, upholstery designs, interior trim strips and wheels will be available.
The tweaked X3 also gets a raft of new driver assistance and infotainment features including an uprated navigation system that has an integrated touchpad on the iDrive controller. Other highlights include an automatic parking assistant, a head-up display and a high-beam headlight assistant.
In the UK, which doesn’t get three petrol options that form part of the overseas line-up, the X3 is available in SE, xLine and top-spec M Sport trim levels.
The latter includes some technical changes such as bespoke aerodynamic styling, 19in alloy wheels, an M Sport leather steering wheel, sports suspension and BMW's torque vectoring Performance Control system. M Sport models carry a £1500 price premium over xLine variants, which are in turn £1500 more expensive than the base SE cars.
The new BMW X3 goes on sale in June, priced from £30,990 for an sDrive18d SE.
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