BMW releases details of the new X3

The new BMW X3 will be the cleanest and most efficient four-wheel drive car in its sector, according to the German manufacturer.

It should be capable of doing around 50mpg, and keep emissions down to 147g/km for the automatic 2.0-litre diesel – a drop of 31g/km over the outgoing model.

The 181bhp model should still be capable of sprinting to 62mph in a very respectable 8.5 seconds, and offers a top speed of 131mph. This makes it significantly cleaner and quicker than its Germanic rival, the Audi Q5.

Part of the new reduction comes from the fact that BMW has fitted a stop start system to one of its automatic cars for the first time.

The old X3 was never widely celebrated for its looks, and the new one retains a similar image – looking much like a shrunken version of its bigger X5 brother. However, there are elements of the smaller BMW SUV, the X1 – especially at the rear.

The redesign extends to the interior and mechanics of the new car, with Variable Damper Control and Electric Power Steering available for the first time on the X3. It also gets an electric bootlid, a restyled interior, the latest version of BMW's multimedia system, iDrive and standard issue leather seats.

At the moment there are only plans to make a four-wheel drive version, and the UK will only be offering diesel versions, with a 3.0-litre engine joining the range next year.

It will cost fractionally less than the old X3 at £30,490, and is due to make its way to the first customers on 20 November with orders being taken from now.
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