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For a proper slug-fest of torque, look no fur­ther than the X3 30d. Power from the 3.0-litre straight six oiler is only up by 5kw (now 195kw) over the old X3 30d, but torque jumps to 620Nm (up 60Nm) and both sprint­ing abil­ity and shove on the move feel se­ri­ously swift. Just as im­pres­sive is the re­fine­ment and revabil­ity. It’s a bril­liant en­gine, no ques­tion. But if diesel per­for­mance is not your thing, wait un­til June 2018 for the 3.0-litre petrol six in the X3 M40i de­liv­er­ing 265kw/500nm. Or for the price-sen­si­tive buyer, BMW will in­tro­duce a base rear-drive petrol, the X3 sdrive 20i, also in Q2 of 2018. Ex­pect out­puts of around 135kw/270nm, and a pric­etag in the $ 63,000 zone.

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