BMW releases the X3 xDrive18d

BMW X3 | April 9th, 2009 by 6
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BMW is looking to improve their sales of the X3 SAV and with a year left before the new body style is launched, they just released an entry level X3 using …

BMW is looking to improve their sales of the X3 SAV and with a year left before the new body style is launched, they just released an entry level X3 using a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine which outputs 143 horsepower at 4,000 rpm.

The maximum torque is 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) at just 1,750 rpm and the new BMW X3 xDrive18d accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 10.3 seconds and has a top speed of 195 km/h or 121 mph.

The X3 xDrive18d is only available in Europe.

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BMW X3 xDrive18d Press Release

Munich. Fascinating agility on all kinds of terrain is now becoming more economical than ever before. Introducing a new entry-level version of the BMW X3, the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles is once again setting the standard for efficiency in a Sports Activity Vehicle.

The new BMW X3 xDrive18d is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel delivering an ample 105 kW/143 hp. Average fuel consumption of the new model in the EU test cycle is a mere 6.2 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 45.6 mpg imp. In CO2 emissions, this means a rating of just 165 grams per kilometre. This makes the BMW X3 the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive vehicle in its segment also in this performance class. And it almost goes without saying that the BMW X3 xDrive18d in series trim naturally fulfils the EU5 emission standard.

All-round driving pleasure and supreme efficiency have made the BMW X3 a genuine trendsetter, contributing significantly to the car’s worldwide success. Indeed, it was the BMW X3 which for the first time carried over the features and qualities typical of a Sports Activity Vehicle into a new segment, total sales of the X3 now amounting to more than 500,000 units. For a long time the BMW X3 was the only premium vehicle in its class, and to this day it remains the epitome of driving dynamics on the road as well as agility and supreme traction off the beaten track. And last but certainly not least, the BMW X3 offers an unparalleled balance of performance and fuel economy throughout the entire competition segment of BMW X models.

Superior all-wheel-drive technology, powerful traction and premium quality
now with even greater all-round economy.

The attractive combination of all these features is now borne out in yet another excellent rendition in the guise of the new BMW X3 xDrive18d. The benefits of BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, the spontaneous development of power typical of BMW’s diesel engines, and the uncompromising quality of a genuine premium model now come with an even higher standard of economy.
The BMW X3 xDrive18d is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine featuring an all-aluminium crankcase and common rail direct fuel injection developing maximum output of 105 kW/143 hp at 4,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 350 Newton-metres (258 lb-ft) at just 1,750 rpm ensures truly outstanding traction and pulling power at all times. The new BMW X3 xDrive18d accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 10.3 seconds and has a top speed of 195 km/h or 121 mph.

In conjunction with BMW EfficientDynamics naturally featured as standard, the superior all-round efficiency of the diesel engine ensures the outstanding economy of the BMW X3 xDrive18d. Offering average fuel consumption of just 6.2 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 45.6 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 165 grams per kilometre, the new model is even more economical and cleaner than the former leader on the efficiency scale, the 130 kW/177 hp BMW X3 xDrive20d (6.5 litres/43.5 mpg imp/172 grams). And just like its “bigger brother”, the new BMW X3 xDrive18d naturally fulfils the EU5 emission standard.

The highly successful BMW X3: efficient, lasting in value, reliable.
The introduction of the new BMW X3 xDrive18d increases the number of engine variants available in this SAV from BMW to no less than seven. The customer has the choice of three petrol-engine models with power output ranging from 110 kW/150 hp to 200 kW/272 hp and four diesel models culminating in the 210 kW/286 hp BMW X3 xDrive35d as the most dynamic performer in the range.

Like all engine variants the new BMW X3 xDrive18d also comes as standard with BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system. This permanent, electronically masterminded all-wheel drive ensures variable distribution of drive power front-to-rear, promoting both driving dynamics on the road and safe, secure traction off the beaten track, with drive power constantly going to the wheels where it can be converted most effectively into actual driving forces on the road.

Thanks to the outstanding and truly convincing qualities of xDrive also available in many other BMWs, BMW remained the world’s most successful manufacturer of all-wheel-drive vehicles in the premium segment also in 2008.

Over and above such outstanding efficiency and fascinating agility, the BMW X3 also offers truly excellent reliability. In 2009, for example, the X3 was lauded for the second time in a row with the renowned Yellow Angel Award by Germany’s and, indeed, the world’s largest motoring club, the Allgemeine Deutsche Automobilclub (ADAC), for outstanding all-round quality. Proceeding from the findings of ADAC’s breakdown helpers famous throughout Germany as “Yellow Angels”, this leading motoring club once again acknowledged the BMW X3 as the most reliable vehicle on the road in Germany.

Last but certainly not least, BMW’s SAV also comes right at the top in terms of lasting value. In the category of off-road vehicles the market observers at EurotaxSchwacke ranked the BMW X3 No 1 in their AutomobilForecastIndex 2008, confirming that of all vehicles in this segment BMW’s SAV shows the lowest decline in value.

6 responses to “BMW releases the X3 xDrive18d”

  1. Gord says:

    Since it is a base model, it would help with X3 sales.

    But I never really thought of Europe wanted SUV/SAV’s enough for this car’s exisitence. I could be wrong though.

  2. Yves says:

    I’m surprised why BMW seemed to have ditched the mid-life facelift bumpers for the old-gen ones (albeit painted). The facelifted ones are better composed with two-toned finish and form that follows function i.e. black plastic protection. And the fog lamps are prominent like an X5. At least the rear of this x18d gets the LED lamp cluster. Still the coolest rear lighting technology of all marques.

  3. jon H says:

    for some reason i really like the sound of this car. 258 torques could be fun.

  4. Elio says:

    Yves: It has the M Sport aerodynamic package on it. BMW are not using the old bumpers.

  5. viper says:

    I dont like this car….it performs well and all that but it looks horrible….this is the best X3 by far , as far as looks , the X1 is ten times better , I hope they make a new X3

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