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      04-08-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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BMW Releases the X3 xDrive 18d

This car is BMWs entry level xDrive car using a 2.0l 4 cylinder diesel engine putting out about 143hp. This car is meant for economy first of course and seems to be filling in a gap while BMW awaits the arrival of the X1.


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Munich. Fascinating agility on all kinds of terrain is now becoming more economical than ever before. Introducing a new entry-level version of the BMW X3, the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles is once again setting the standard for efficiency in a Sports Activity Vehicle.

The new BMW X3 xDrive18d is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel delivering an ample 105 kW/143 hp. Average fuel consumption of the new model in the EU test cycle is a mere 6.2 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 45.6 mpg imp. In CO2 emissions, this means a rating of just 165 grams per kilometre. This makes the BMW X3 the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive vehicle in its segment also in this performance class. And it almost goes without saying that the BMW X3 xDrive18d in series trim naturally fulfils the EU5 emission standard.

All-round driving pleasure and supreme efficiency have made the BMW X3 a genuine trendsetter, contributing significantly to the car’s worldwide success. Indeed, it was the BMW X3 which for the first time carried over the features and qualities typical of a Sports Activity Vehicle into a new segment, total sales of the X3 now amounting to more than 500,000 units. For a long time the BMW X3 was the only premium vehicle in its class, and to this day it remains the epitome of driving dynamics on the road as well as agility and supreme traction off the beaten track. And last but certainly not least, the BMW X3 offers an unparalleled balance of performance and fuel economy throughout the entire competition segment of BMW X models.

Superior all-wheel-drive technology, powerful traction and premium quality
now with even greater all-round economy.

The attractive combination of all these features is now borne out in yet another excellent rendition in the guise of the new BMW X3 xDrive18d. The benefits of BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, the spontaneous development of power typical of BMW’s diesel engines, and the uncompromising quality of a genuine premium model now come with an even higher standard of economy.
The BMW X3 xDrive18d is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine featuring an all-aluminium crankcase and common rail direct fuel injection developing maximum output of 105 kW/143 hp at 4,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 350 Newton-metres (258 lb-ft) at just 1,750 rpm ensures truly outstanding traction and pulling power at all times. The new BMW X3 xDrive18d accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 10.3 seconds and has a top speed of 195 km/h or 121 mph.

In conjunction with BMW EfficientDynamics naturally featured as standard, the superior all-round efficiency of the diesel engine ensures the outstanding economy of the BMW X3 xDrive18d. Offering average fuel consumption of just 6.2 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 45.6 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 165 grams per kilometre, the new model is even more economical and cleaner than the former leader on the efficiency scale, the 130 kW/177 hp BMW X3 xDrive20d (6.5 litres/43.5 mpg imp/172 grams). And just like its “bigger brother”, the new BMW X3 xDrive18d naturally fulfils the EU5 emission standard.

The highly successful BMW X3: efficient, lasting in value, reliable.
The introduction of the new BMW X3 xDrive18d increases the number of engine variants available in this SAV from BMW to no less than seven. The customer has the choice of three petrol-engine models with power output ranging from 110 kW/150 hp to 200 kW/272 hp and four diesel models culminating in the 210 kW/286 hp BMW X3 xDrive35d as the most dynamic performer in the range.

Like all engine variants the new BMW X3 xDrive18d also comes as standard with BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system. This permanent, electronically masterminded all-wheel drive ensures variable distribution of drive power front-to-rear, promoting both driving dynamics on the road and safe, secure traction off the beaten track, with drive power constantly going to the wheels where it can be converted most effectively into actual driving forces on the road.

Thanks to the outstanding and truly convincing qualities of xDrive also available in many other BMWs, BMW remained the world’s most successful manufacturer of all-wheel-drive vehicles in the premium segment also in 2008.

Over and above such outstanding efficiency and fascinating agility, the BMW X3 also offers truly excellent reliability. In 2009, for example, the X3 was lauded for the second time in a row with the renowned Yellow Angel Award by Germany’s and, indeed, the world’s largest motoring club, the Allgemeine Deutsche Automobilclub (ADAC), for outstanding all-round quality. Proceeding from the findings of ADAC’s breakdown helpers famous throughout Germany as “Yellow Angels”, this leading motoring club once again acknowledged the BMW X3 as the most reliable vehicle on the road in Germany.

Last but certainly not least, BMW’s SAV also comes right at the top in terms of lasting value. In the category of off-road vehicles the market observers at EurotaxSchwacke ranked the BMW X3 No 1 in their AutomobilForecastIndex 2008, confirming that of all vehicles in this segment BMW’s SAV shows the lowest decline in value.
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Wow I want one of these or one the BMW Xraid X3s.
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Wow very nice! to bad we prolly wont get it in the U.S. I really like those G450X BMW dirt bikes and trailer too!!!
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I thought the new X3 will be scheduled for release, not a small engine for this old car....
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the next X3 won't be out for another year, or so (2011 model year). they've got to make due with this model until then.

otherwise, it looks like a pretty solid release. i know the 2.0L Diesels are popular. that's all i saw in Italy a couple of years ago. i wish a small diesel was available stateside. i think it would be a popular option.
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Did someone say E46
Respect your elders sir!

I <3 e46!

Confused at this though, did they just have a bunch of extra 1.8d's around? Give us the next gen x3 already!
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It is unbeliveable to me how you are always first to get the newest information! Keep it up!
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damn, kill this thing with fire already, seriously.
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It is unbeliveable to me how you are always first to get the newest information! Keep it up!
Keep tabs on these links and you'll be just as up to date:

http://www.bmwblog.net/

http://www.autoblog.com/
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honestly, why the hate on the X3? it's common knowledge that it was based on the E46. The E46 was a great platform, that continues on in the form of the X3 and current Z4.

it does what it has to do, and does it quite well. i'm satisfied with my car, just as much as i'm satisfied with my wife's car. when the next one comes out, i'll get that. otherwise, leave it alone.

jeez, get a life, and stop hating!
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The BMW X3 xDrive 18d is strictly for european consumption.
To understand this masterstroke for sustainability you have to look at the forthcoming BMW X1.

Although debuting in June , The X1 will not arrive in the European market until late September just after the World Premiere in Frankfurt.
The BMW X3 xDrive 18d will provide some sustainance till the X1 has it's market introduction. Then as expected by BMW falling sales of the X3 will be caught by the X1. And when the X3 is replaced in January next year the new model will be more dynamic and more sport orientated than the current car leaving the X1 to fill the gaps especially around the lower engined X3 models.
In which the entry model (for europe) will be the 2.0d.

So in essence BMW will have only a few months of sales left before the introduction of the next X3 and the X1 should provide some cover until the transition , but the X3 will probably be first onto the US Market .

The BMW X1 will not be sold in the North American market.
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honestly, why the hate on the X3? it's common knowledge that it was based on the E46. The E46 was a great platform, that continues on in the form of the X3 and current Z4.

it does what it has to do, and does it quite well. i'm satisfied with my car, just as much as i'm satisfied with my wife's car. when the next one comes out, i'll get that. otherwise, leave it alone.

jeez, get a life, and stop hating!
it's ugly beyond reproach. the interior is way below current standards. it needs to improve.
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that is not enough power! if i didnt see that i would think its a joke 18d! ha ha !
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Actually, I don't mind the x3 at all, when my boss was looking for an SUV for her daughter, I told her they should check them out...

They ended up buying a loaded CPO'd truck and she absolutely loves it.

However, the e46 has been gone since 2005/2006, it just seems like this truck and the z4 are lagging behind everything else in the current line-up. Sure, I understand you can't update the entire lineup all at once, but I think the current x3 is past its prime...

That being said, I'm keeping my e46 forever. I don't owe much on it and it still has LOTS of life in it. I'm going to do the no-car payment thing for 2-3 years then find a CPO'd M toy. At that point my current beater will go away and my e46 will become my daily driver again.
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Why do they call it 18d when it is a 2.0 liter engine?
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i thought they were putting the N54 in the X3?
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^ maybe the next generation...
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