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BMW Introduces New Entry Level X3 xDrive 18d Sports Activity Vehicle; 6.2 L/100km

BMW has introduced a new entry-level version of the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle for European markets. The X3 xDrive 18d features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel that produces 105 kW (143 hp) and offers combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.2 L/100km (38 mpg US), with CO2 emissions of 165 g/km.

The X3 xDrive 18d. Click to enlarge.

Maximum torque from the 2.0 liter engine is 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), and the new X3 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 195 km/h (121 mph). The all-wheel drive BMW X3 xDrive 18d is Euro 5 compliant.

The 18d displaces the 20d as the fuel-efficient entry point to the lineup. The xDrive 20d delivers 130 kW (177 hp) with fuel consumption of 6.5 L/100km (36 mpg US) and CO2 of 172 g/km. The 18d brings to seven the number of engine variants available on the X3: three gasoline and four diesel.

BMW will begin selling the X3 xDrive 18d in Austria in June.


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Oh, thank Goracle (praise be to Goracle) that this vehicle is NOT being called an SUV. Similar to the rebranding of Global Warming® to Climate Change® (see... now it's different!), these vehicles, now called SAVs are totally awesome!



Those are some pretty impressive numbers on the diesel engine. If it is clean enough to bring to the U.S. and sell in California, there should be a lot of buyers.


Another vehicle I would not mind owning.

What irks me is that all the Big 3 vehicles that met my specifications, like the Cadillac BTS diesel, are not built for the US market.  I've love to Buy American, but I'd rather pay for European cars than Middle East oil.


GM and Ford have the newer direct injection engines that get good output and save fuel. Make them hybrids like the Honda IMA and you might get 30 mpg around town with a mid sized crossover. The irony is now that GM and Ford are making good engines, they are in trouble.

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