New BMW X3 arrives with more for less

BMW has just launched the new X3 SUV. It is longer and wider than its predecessor, and it comes with a higher standard specification than the previous model. To top it off, BMW boasts that it also has a lower on-the-road price than the model it succeeds.

The new X3 is offered in 2.0-litre diesel version from launch. Other engines will be offered in 2011. The entry level xDrive 2.0d SE delivers 184bhp with an impressive return of 50.4mpg combined fuel consumption. The 149 g/km CO2 emissions places it in VRT Band C with road tax of €302 a year. And BMW says it has lowest emissions for a four-wheel drive model in its segment.

The manual transmission version has a price tag of €45,810 ex-works and that rises to €48,056 ex-works for the automatic model.

In addition, there is an auto start-stop function for the first time in conjunction with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new model is also the first BMW X3 with optional variable damper control and drive dynamic control.

More on the new X3 after a test drive in the New Year.

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