BMW has just launched their new X3 SUV. And what caught my eye first besides the styling was that the new X3 xDrive 2.0d SE is even better value than its predecessor. At €46,660 OTR, it is actually €4,170 less than the outgoing model, yet is equipped with a higher level of standard specification including Nevada leather upholstery, two-zone air conditioning, iDrive controller and colour display.
The aforementioned 2.0-litre diesel version has been available since the launch last month. It delivers 184 bhp with an impressive return of 50.4 mpg combined fuel consumption. The149 g/km CO2 emissions places the manual transmission version in VRT Band C with road tax of €302 a year. The CO2 emission for the automatic transmission version is 147 g/km and also in Band C.
And BMW say that 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.
The new X3 is offered in 2.0-litre diesel only. Other engines will be offered during 2011. 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 offering numerous chassis configurations courtesy, and drive dynamic control.
Overall, the new BMW X3 has raised the bar in the premium sports activity market this year with the introduction of what is the lowest-emission four-wheel drive model in the sector. And the new X3 is also longer and wider than its predecessor.
Unparalleled agility, significantly upgraded cabin, and a raft of sector-first technology have helped make the new BMW X3 will set a new benchmark in the sports activity vehicle market.
As well as equipment packages specific to the Irish market and other innovations such as head-up display, the new BMW X3 offers customers a great sporty four-wheel drive vehicle, whatever their activity.