The X3 fac­tor

Townsville Bulletin - - Saturday Television -

BMW has launched its all­new X3, with more pow­er­ful six-cylin­der petrol en­gines and re­vised styling.The X3 con­tin­ues to be avail­able in three en­gine vari­ants start­ing with the 2.5-litre six-cylin­der petrol en­gine, which now pro­duces 160kW at 6500rpm, up from 140kW, and 250Nm of torque at 2750rpm. The base model, fit­ted with a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, will start at $65,900, $1000 more than its pre­de­ces­sor. The 3.0-litre petrol, at $73,900, has also stepped up a gear in per­for­mance and has the high­est power out­put for BMW’s 3-litre en­gines.It de­liv­ers 200kW at 6600rpm and 315Nm at 2750rpm.Pre­vi­ously, the X3 3.0si pro­duced 170kW and 300Nm. The 3.0d, the six-cylin­der turbo-diesel, is ex­pected to con­tinue as the topselling model.Diesel ac­counts for more than 60 per cent of X3 sales.It re­mains un­changed in terms of per­for­mance fig­ures, still gen­er­at­ing 160kW at 4000rpm and 480Nm from 1750rpm. At $75,900, the diesel has a price hike of just $500.Both 3-litre en­gines fea­ture a new six-speed Step­tronic trans­mis­sion, which is also an op­tion on the base model for $2600. When it comes to styling, the X3 has mainly been re­vised on the in­te­rior with a re­designed in­stru­ment panel, new cen­tre con­sole, steer­ing wheel, seats, a new roof lin­ing, re­vised trim lev­els and im­proved stor­age com­part­ments. It also fea­tures new bumpers with fog lights, new head­lights and rear lights. The BMW kid­ney grille is also big­ger. BMW spokesman Toni An­dreevski says the X3 has been a big suc­cess for BMW glob­ally and that the new model will ap­peal to a broader au­di­ence. ‘‘It’s a car that may ap­peal to peo­ple who don’t nec­es­sar­ily need a large four-wheel-drive,’’ he says.‘‘The lux­ury look and feel on the in­te­rior is sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved.The ex­te­rior de­sign shows a suc­cess­ful evo­lu­tion of the orig­i­nal de­sign.’’

BMW has re­vised the X3 with up­dated styling and more power

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