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BMW X3 is now available with Rear Wheel Drive Option

The small BMW X3 SUV crossover is available without four wheel drive - if you must.

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BMW X3 is now available with Rear Wheel Drive Option

The BMW X3 is one of the best crossovers available in the world today and BMW is now offering a more accessible way into X3 ownership with the first rear-wheel-drive model in the range. The new BMW X3 sDrive18d will be powered by a 143hp, 2.0-liter diesel engine, and available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, the new model teams effortless performance with better than ever emissions and fuel consumption.

Thanks to an extensive suite of Efficient Dynamics technologies, the new BMW X3 sDrive18d emits just 135g/km of CO2, and has a combined fuel consumption of 55.4mpg, making it the cleanest and most fuel-efficient model in the X3 range. These figures allow the sDrive18d to occupy VED Band E, with a Benefit in Kind (BIK) taxation rate of only 21 per cent.  This impressive fuel economy doesn’t impact on performance with the 2.0-liter diesel engine developing 143hp, with a peak torque of 360Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, resulting in the BMW X3 sDrive18d accelerating from zero to 62mph in 9.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 121mph.

Priced in the UK at just £28,580 OTR for the SE model, the X3 sDrive18d is £2,890 less than the xDrive20d. With the exception of Hill Descent Control, reserved for four-wheel-drive models, the sDrive18d matches the standard equipment on the xDrive20d in every respect. SE models feature Auto Start-Stop, Drive Performance Control, 17-inch alloy wheels, Nevada Leather upholstery and BMW iDrive with a 6.5-inch color screen. M Sport models feature a host of sporty additions such as 18-inch alloy wheels, M aerodynamic body styling, Sport seats and Sport suspension, amongst other items.

The introduction of this new entry-level model sees the engine range for the BMW X3 expand to four diesels variants. The BMW X3 is a compelling proposition whichever power plant is chosen thanks to its dynamic styling, luxurious quality and its sheer versatility. Folding down the rear seats increases boot space from 550 to 1,600 liters, while the BMW X3 sDrive18d can also be ordered as an option with a trailer coupling offering maximum towing capacity of 2,000kg.

Having redefined the sector with an unbeatable blend of driving dynamics, premium cabin design and the latest BMW ConnectedDrive technology, this latest addition to the model line-up builds on the BMW X3’s success, selling more than 74,000 units in the first half of 2012, a rise of 38.4 percent on the same period last year.

Source : CarDekho.com - First BMW X3 with Rear-Wheel Drive

 

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Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
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