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BMW X£ launches in June 2014

It’s not available until June, but the new BMW X3 already has people talking about an unbeatable combination of driving dynamics, style, efficiency and practicality.

Across the entire range you’ll find BMW’s new generation of TwinPower Turbo diesel engines powering performances that you would expect from a brand leader, yet at the same time offering improvements in both fuel economy and CO2 emissions such as the BMW X3 sDrive18d achieving a combined fuel consumption figure  of 60.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 124g/km.

All four BMW X3 models have their own little nuances over their styling, colours, interior design, trim options and standard equipment – from the sDrive18d to the xDrive35d via the xDrive 20d and xDrive 30d – with xLine models available for further personalisation.

BMW X£ launches in June 2014Design and functionality

From the very start you know that the new BMW X3 is an integral part of the BMW X family, complete with the same compact, usable dimensions of its successful predecessor.

But the new BMW X3 offers a whole host of design changes from new twin circular headlights in optional full LED specification along with optional LED front fog lamps at the front to newly contoured front and rear bumpers and new exterior mirrors. Add in four new exterior paint shades and five new light-alloy wheel designs and there is as broad a scope as you would wish to make the BMW X3 your very own.

BMW X£ launches in June 2014Inside, BMW have been just as selective with the X3 by dressing it with chrome applications that are as understated as ever, a centre console with optional automatic climate control system and wood panelling with pearl chrome highlights. In the standard equipment list there is a leather steering wheel, and for those drivers on the go there are cupholders inside a sliding cover in the centre console.

And with a choice of four new upholstery colours and four new interior trims to frame a rather fabulous rear load capacity of 550 litres with the seats up and 1,600 litres with the seats folded, the new BMW X3 is certainly a gem that is just waiting to be discovered come June.

Standard equipment

Available in SE, xLine and M Sport trim levels, the new BMW X3 standard equipment list is certainly a sight for sore eyes.

X3 2SE models kick it all off including Nevada leather upholstery, two-zone air conditioning, Cruise control, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, 17” alloy wheels, front and rear PDC, Drive Performance Control, Rain sensor, automatic headlights and the newly added BMW Business navigation system, heated front seats and an automatic tailgate.

Moving up to the optional new SE Plus package you can add Harman-kardon loudspeakers, Sun protection glass, Adaptive Headlights, High-beam Assistant and 18” alloy wheels to the list before we start to look onwards and upwards.

And that means the new xLine models that you can spot right from the start by the gleaming metallic inserts positioned inside the bumpers; and that’s before you spot the Satin Aluminium side cladding and bars in the air intakes, simulated underguards at the front and rear and exclusive 18” alloy wheels as outside standards. Inside, the new model features exclusive xLine leather upholstery, Dark Copper trim and a Sport leather steering wheel on top of all the previous standards of the SE.

And sitting proudly at the top of the pre-option tree is the M Sport version of the BMW X3 where all models feature M aerodynamic styling and BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim with 19” light alloy wheels to give it the sporting look that you really expected (if you’re honest!) And it doesn’t stop inside because there you will find BMW Individual rooflining in Anthracite, Sport seats, M Sport leather steering wheel and Aluminium Hexagon trim.

If you really want to blow people’s minds there is also an M Sport Plus model as an option which adds in 20” M Sport bi-colour alloy wheels, Xenon headlights, Sun protection glass and Harman-kardon loudspeakers.

BMW X£ launches in June 2014Powertrains

Naturally you will want to know what engine options are available, and you will be glad to know that the new BMW X3 features an all-turbo-diesel line-up that uses the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that helps keep the engines a part of the EU6 regulatory family whilst making sure that outstanding performance is combined with minimised fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The new-generation, all-aluminium, 2.0-litre diesel engine under the bonnet of the BMW X3 xDrive20d of performance up to 190hp, and a maximum torque of 400Nm, and these two combine to cut the 0-62mph to just 8.1 seconds. And as performance improves, fuel consumption drops by 7% in comparison to the outgoing model to around 56 mpg, and CO2 emissions are down to only 138g/km.

Moving on up to the new 150hp X3 sDrive18d,(which features rear-wheel-drive, six-speed manual gearbox and reduced rolling resistance tyres) the optional 17” aero alloy wheel helps reduce fuel consumption to just 60.1mpg, and CO2 emissions to 124g/km – the lowest of any model in this market segment.

Onwards to the range-topping variants of the new BMW X3 that are powered by some updated and developed versions of BMW’s much lauded 3.0-litre, six-cylinder in-line, turbo-diesel engine.

The X3 xDrive30d delivers a 0-62mph of just 5.9 seconds, developing 258hp with a peak torque of 560Nm - yet achieves a combined fuel consumption of 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 156g/km – before we arrive at the BMW X3 flagship model in the shape of the X3 xDrive35d which offers up 313hp and up to 630Nm of torque as it reaches 62mph from start in just 5.3 seconds with a combined fuel consumption of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 157g/km.

Two- or four-wheel drive.

Most models come with xDrive as standard (the BMW X3 18d is the odd one out, available in sDrive form only), which means optimum traction, with power sent where it is most needed, further improving on-road dynamics, driving safety and a new xDrive status display in the Control Display courtesy of the intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

Depending on the engine variant specified, a sporty, precise, six-speed manual gearbox or a highly effective eight-speed automatic (standard on the xDrive30d and xDrive35d) is available on the BMW X3, with an eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox also there as an optional extra.

BMW ConnectedDrive

It almost goes without saying (but I am going to do it) that the new BMW X3 will be connected to some of the finest technology available thanks to BMW ConnectedDrive which links up the driver, the car and the outside world.

BMW ConnectedDrive now features the latest, enhanced-capability generation of the Professional Multimedia navigation, complete with ECO PRO route guidance and an iDrive Touch Controller with integrated touchpad amongst its already extensive list of features.

You can also add in a full-colour Head-up Display, anti-dazzle High-beam Assistant and Driving Assistant Plus with Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, and Surround-view camera systems to the list too!

All of which means that there will be a lot of people out there with big red rings around early June on their calendars.