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BMW is now offering a more accessible way into X3 ownership with the
first rear-wheel-drive model in the range, the new BMW X3 sDrive18d.
Powered by a 143hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine, and available with
either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, the new
model teams effortless performance with better than ever emissions and
Thanks to an extensive suite of EfficientDynamics technologies, the
new BMW X3 sDrive18d emits just 135g/km of CO2 , and has a combined
fuel consumption of 55.4mpg, making it the cleanest and most
fuel-efficient model in the X3 range. These figures allow the
sDrive18d to occupy VED Band E, with a Benefit in Kind (BIK) taxation
rate of only 21 per cent. This impressive fuel economy doesn’t impact
on performance with the 2.0-litre diesel engine developing 143hp, with
a peak torque of 360Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, resulting in the
BMW X3 sDrive18d accelerating from zero to 62mph in 9.9 seconds on its
way to a top speed of 121mph.
At just £28,580 OTR for the SE model, the X3 sDrive18d is £2,890 less
than the xDrive20d. With the exception of Hill Descent Control,
reserved for four-wheel-drive models, the sDrive18d matches the
standard equipment on the xDrive20d in every respect. SE models
feature Auto Start-Stop, Drive Performance Control, 17-inch alloy
wheels, Nevada Leather upholstery and BMW iDrive with a 6.5-inch
colour screen. M Sport models feature a host of sporty additions such
as 18-inch alloy wheels, M aerodynamic bodystyling, Sport seats and
Sport suspension, amongst other items.
0 – 62mph seconds
Top Speed mph
CO2 Emissions g/km
BMW X3 sDrive18d
The introduction of this new entry-level model sees the engine range
for the BMW X3 expand to four diesels variants. The BMW X3 is a
compelling proposition whichever powerplant is chosen thanks to its
dynamic styling, luxurious quality and its sheer versatility. Folding
down the rear seats increases boot space from 550 to 1,600 litres,
while the BMW X3 sDrive18d can also be ordered as an option with a
trailer coupling offering maximum towing capacity of 2,000kg.
Having redefined the sector with an unbeatable blend of driving
dynamics, premium cabin design and the latest BMW ConnectedDrive
technology, this latest addition to the model line-up builds on the
BMW X3’s success, selling more than 74,000 units in the first half of
2012, a rise of 38.4 per cent on the same period last year.
The BMW Group
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of
automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI, Husqvarna
Motorcycles and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW
Group operates 25 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries
and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2011, the BMW Group sold about1.67 million cars and more than
113,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial
year 2010 was euro 4.8 billion on revenues amounting to euro 60.5
billion. At 31 December 2010, the BMW Group had a workforce of
approximately 95,500 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result
of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last seven years.