Bmw introduces entry-level X3 sDrive18d

Article by Christian A., on August 21, 2012

BMW now offers the new X3 sDrive18d, the first rear-wheel-drive model in the range, making X3 ownership highly accessible. The new model is equipped with a 143hp, 2.0-litre diesel engine, and comes with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It offers a smooth performance with excellent CO2 emissions and unsurpassed fuel economy.

The new BMW X3 sDrive18d comes with a wide-ranging set of EfficientDynamics technologies. It has a CO2 emissions rating of only 135g/km and offers a combined fuel consumption of 55.4mpg, which means that it’s the most frugal X3 model as well as being the cleanest. These figures enable the sDrive18d to be positioned at VED Band E, with a Benefit in Kind (BIK) taxation rate of just 21%.

The outstanding fuel economy doesn’t affect performance with the 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 143hp, with a peak torque of 360Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.

As a result, the BMW X3 sDrive18d can accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in 9.9 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 121mph. The SE model has a starting price of only £28,580 OTR, which means that the X3 sDrive18d is priced £2,890 lower than the xDrive20d.

The sDrive18d has the same standard equipment as the xDrive20d in every respect except for the Hill Descent Control, which is intended for four-wheel-drive models.

The SE models use Auto Start-Stop, 17-inch alloy wheels, Drive Performance Control, Nevada Leather upholstery and BMW iDrive with a 6.5-inch colour screen. The M Sport models are sportier with extra features like a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, M aerodynamic bodystyling, Sport seats and Sport suspension.

Compared to the previous version, the new BMW X3 is longer by 3.36 inches (83 mm) and wider by as much as 1.1 inches (28 mm). It is taller as well by 0.5 inch (12 mm) with ground clearance being increased by 0.5 inch (12 mm). Wheelbase has been extended and now measures 110.6 inches (2,810 mm), an increase of 0.6 inch (15 mm).

On the rear section, the dominant feature is the horizontal lines which help highlight the tough character of this new model. The excellent modeled surfaces, when combined with the precise lines, result in an interesting play of shadow and light. With the taillights being placed farther out, it results in the unique T-shape that has long been associated with the X3. By adding in the light bars which use LED, the new X3 acquires a unique design signature at night.

One highlight in the design of the new X3 is in its profile. This is because it manages to deliver its own version of the design features usually seen in the BMX X. The combination of short overhangs in the front and rear and the strong flared wheel arches puts focus on just how robust this Sports Activity Vehicle really is. Highlighting further the profile’s dynamic look are three characteristic lines.

The first is the upper curved line which begins at the door handle and goes up fast once it reaches the region of the wheel arc in the front. After that, it slowly flows to the rear section. The other two are subtle lines that follow the curved line previously mentioned.

Press Release

BMW X3 sDrive18d

As part of its ongoing model offensive in the Sports Activity Vehicle segment, BMW is set to present the seventh variant of the successful BMW X3 in autumn 2012. The new BMW X3 sDrive18d takes on the role of economical entry-level model, its four-cylinder diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology recording average fuel consumption of just 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres (55.4 mpg imp) in the EU test cycle. Added to which, it is the first variant of the BMW X3 which, in traditional BMW style, uses rear-wheel drive to lay down its power. The BMW X3 sDrive18d is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox; an eight-speed automatic is available as an option.

Dynamic power delivery and exceptional agility headline the driving characteristics we have come to expect from BMW X models. By channelling the engine's power to the road through its rear wheels, the BMW X3 sDrive18d introduces customers to a new facet of the Sports Activity Vehicle's distinctive character. This classic BMW drive concept teams up with an extremely efficient diesel engine, whose BMW TwinPower Turbo technology consists of a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry and common-rail direct injection.

The 2.0-litre engine develops maximum output of 105 kW/143 hp and, with peak torque of 360 Newton metres (266 lb-ft) on tap between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, generates instantaneous pulling power. As a result the BMW X3 sDrive18d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.9 seconds (automatic: 10.3 seconds) on its way to a top speed of 195 km/h / 121 mph (190 km/h / 118 mph). And yet drivers can also look forward to fuel economy in the EU test cycle of 5.1 litres per 100 km (55.4 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of only 135 grams per kilometre. If the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox is specified, average fuel consumption stands at 5.4 litres per 100 km (52.3 mpg imp) with CO2 emissions of 142 g/km.

The upshot is that the BMW X3 also offers the most impressive balance between performance and fuel economy in this output class. Its sprinting performance outstrips that of any rival, yet it burns up to 7 per cent less fuel than its direct competitors in the premium segment.

The secret lies in the engine's efficiency and an extensive suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technology. The BMW X3 sDrive18d comes as standard with features including Brake Energy Regeneration, the Optimum Shift Indicator, Electric Power Steering, ECO PRO mode and the Auto Start-Stop function, all of which can work in tandem with either the six-speed manual gearbox or eight-speed automatic.

The introduction of the new entry-level model sees the engine range for the BMW X3 expand to three petrol variants and four diesels, covering an output spread from 105 kW/143 hp to 230 kW/313 hp.

The Sports Activity Vehicle is a compelling proposition whichever powerplant the customer chooses, thanks to its expressive design, uncompromising premium quality, noticeably improved ride comfort over its predecessor and the most impressive variability of any car in its class. Folding down the 40 : 20 : 40 split rear-seat backrests 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 2,000 kilograms.

The Sports Activity Vehicle also sets new standards in terms of safety and connectivity. The BMW X3 was awarded the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test, while the array of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive also available for the BMW X3 sDrive18d include a rear-view camera with Top View, Adaptive Headlights, Lane Departure Warning including Collision Warning, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info, Real Time Traffic Information, BMW Apps and - uniquely in this segment - the Head-Up Display.
This latest addition to its model line-up gives the BMW X3 everything it needs to build on its history of success. More than 74,000 units of the Sports Activity Vehicle were sold in the first half of 2012, a rise of 38.4 per cent on the same period last year. 

In Germany, the new X3 sDrive18d starts at 36,200.

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