|X3 - E83 (2003 - 2006)|
|xDrive AWD system|
|Space and functionality|
|The new X3 2.0d|
Introduced in 2004: the new BMW X3 2.0d
BMW is building on the early success of the new X3 model by announcing details of the forthcoming two-litre diesel engined model.
Available in standard and SE models, the X3 2.0d will be available in October 2004.
Adding a further dimension to X3 ownership, BMW's highly praised diesel engine produces 150bhp at 4,000rpm and 330Nm (243lb-ft) of torque at a calm 2,000rpm, power being delivered through a standard six-speed manual gearbox. Accelerating from standstill, 100km/his reached in 10.2 seconds while top speed is 197km/h. Yet the X3 2.0d delivers a frugal 7.2 liter per 100km (39.2mpg) on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 191g/km.
Standard and Optional Equipment
All BMW X3 2.0d models are equipped with 17" alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, CD player, roof rails, an alarm and Brake Force Display, BMW's new two-stage brake lights. SE models additionally feature a front centre armrest, front fog lamps, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control, on-board computer and Park Distance Control. All X3 models come with a range of options to accompany the active lifestyles of its owners.
Options include either Business or Professional navigation system, the Professional system featuring map guidance within a dedicated 16:9 pop-up colour monitor. Complementing the X3's capacious interior and cavernous 480-litre boot is a storage rail system that provides a method of safely transporting two bicycles upright in the boot. Also available is a Panorama Roof, offering a large 0.65 metre square sunroof that benefits both front and rear passengers, with a speed-dependant wind deflector to minimise interior buffeting.
Adaptive Headlights can also be specified, making night driving safer and easier. These respond to steering inputs and swivel by up to 15 degrees, illuminating up to 90 per cent more of the road ahead as well as any previously unseen, potential hazards.
Further models announced
From autumn 2005, a six-cylinder 3.0 diesel derivative will also be available in SE or Sport form, details of which will be announced closer to its introduction.