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      08-19-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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BMW Unveils Rear-Wheel Drive X3 Diesel

This may sound counterintuitive but there will soon be a rear-wheel drive (non xDrive) X3, built in Spartanburg, but not sold in the U.S.


BMW Unveils Rear-Wheel Drive X3 sDrive18d

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BMW announced a new addition to the X3 Sport Activity Vehicle lineup, the BMW X3 sDrive18d. The new model is BMWs first rear-wheel drive X3 and makes extensive use of the brand’s EfficientDynamics suite of fuel saving technologies to deliver 46 miles per gallon (5.11 l/100 km) in the mixed …
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Do they offer similar RWD variants for the X5/X6? If they sold this X3 in North America it would compete with MB's GLK non4matic version.
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Do they offer similar RWD variants for the X5/X6?
No. This AFAIK is the first X without X.
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No. This AFAIK is the first X without X.
The X1 has a RWD model.
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The X1 has a RWD model.
Good point. I forgot about that for some reason.
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I'm sure it will be a popular choice here in the UK where CO2 emissions come into play and AWD isn't really a necessity in most areas, however I personally think its a lot of weight for an engine of that displacement to move around (even if there is a weight advantage of loosing the AWD drivetrain).
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I'm sure it will be a popular choice here in the UK where CO2 emissions come into play and AWD isn't really a necessity in most areas, however I personally think its a lot of weight for an engine of that displacement to move around (even if there is a weight advantage of loosing the AWD drivetrain).
I think you'll find the 1.8D is a detuned 2.0D like in the 3 series.
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