Europeans will get to pick from a couple of diesel engines.
Following yesterday’s world premiere, the third-generation X3 is back in the news as BMW has dropped a long series of 10 videos showing off its all-new posh SUV from every possible angle. While it may not look all that different when compared to its predecessor, there are actually changes across the board. It’s slightly bigger, yet up to 55 kilograms lighter than before and boasts a segment-leading drag coefficient of only 0.29.
Other modifications include a more rear-biased configuration of the xDrive all-wheel drivesystem, 18-inch wheels as standard (17-inch previously), and a plethora of new tech inside the cabin, such as the 10.25-inch touchscreen and a new head-up display that's 75 percent bigger than the old one.
While in the United States - and presumably Canada - buyers will be stuck with the xDrive30i and M40i models for the time being, Europeans will have a more extensive lineup. There will be an entry-level sDrive20i with a turbocharged 2.0-litre gasoline unit producing 184 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, which will be enough to reach 100 kilometres per hour from a standstill in 8.3 seconds before hitting 215 km/h. The same engine will also be found in the xDrive20i due to go on sale in the spring of 2018 and set to provide the same performance as the rear-wheel drive model. Regardless of the one you go for, both come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Since diesels are still going strong in Europe in the aftermath of the Volkswagen scandal, BMW will sell the X3 in an xDrive20d specification with a 2.0-litre rated at 190 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The diesel punch will grant a sprint in eight seconds and a maximum velocity of 213 km/h.
Should you need more diesel oomph, the xDrive30d with its 3.0-litre six-cylinder mill is going to pump out 265 hp and a torquetastic 457 lb-ft. The extra muscle will drop the sprint time to 5.8 seconds and increase top speed to 240 km/h. Both diesels will be hooked up to the same eight-speed automatic ‘box.
A plug-in hybrid derivative is likely on the agenda as well, ahead of an all-electric X3 due to go on sale in 2020.
BMW will have the new X3 on sale in Europe this autumn.