As you may know already, Bmw will unveil at the 2010 Paris Motor Show the brand new 2011 X3 crossover, the new-generation of its popular vehicle which promises to offer first time the Auto Start-Stop function combined with a six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission (excluding the US/Canada).
But this is not the only surprise that the Bavarian manufacturer, as Bmw will also show the M Sports Package for the brand new 2011 X3.
For those who don’t know, the M Sports pack brings a new front bumper, new side sills, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system, a new rear roof spoiler but also new goodies for the interior such as a new M sports steering wheel with paddle shifters, new sports seats and aluminum pedals.
The kit is completed by the new M alloy wheels. At launch, the new X3 offers a choice of two ultra-modern power units. The 2011 Bmw X3 xDrive20d comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine delivering 135 kW/184 hp at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. This model can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).
According to Bmw, the fuel consumption of this model is 5.6 litres/100 km (50.4 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 149 grams per kilometer. The X3 comes also with a more powerful engine in the form of the 2011 Bmw X3 xDrive35i which is powered by a 3.0-litre power unit delivering 225 kW/306 hp at 5,800 rpm, with maximum torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) available at 1,300 rpm.
The X3 xDrive35i can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.7 seconds, continuing to a top speed of 245 km/h 152 mph). Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.8 litres/100 km (32.1 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are 204 grams per kilometre.