BMW Expands European X3 Engine Lineup with New Diesel, Gas Offerings
BMW has announced that it will be expanding the European X3's engine offerings with two new engines that both earn BMW's EfficientDynamics badge. The two new turbocharged mills will be a gas powered four-banger, and a torque-tastic diesel I-6. Both will be equipped with Auto Stop-Start, variable valve timing, and to improve fuel economy.
The new diesel BMW X3, dubbed the X3 xDrive35d, for X3, all-wheel drive, 3.0-liter diesel features the same engine found in the North American spec BMW 335d. Under the hood of the X3, this twin-turbo diesel I-6 produces 313-hp and 465 lb-ft of torque at just 1500 rpm. All that power is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The new gas engine can be found under the hood of the X3 xDrive20i. The new 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 takes over as the new base engine for the Euro X3. The four-banger produces 184-hp and 200 ft-lbs of torque - while that's not a lot in the states, it should prove plenty for overseas markets more accustomed to small-displacement engines. One things Americans may like about the X3 xDrive20i is its standard transmission; the 2.0-liter equipped X3 comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Buyers who prefer to let the car do the thinking for them can opt for BMW's eight-speed auto, as well.