By Mike Torpey on 2014-02-07 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
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BMW has revamped its popular X3 crossover with more efficient engines and fresh design.
It means the X3 sDrive18d can achieve Combined fuel consumption of more than 60 miles per gallon along with CO2 emissions of 124g/km.
At the opposite end of the range, the xDrive35d has the potential for 152mph and can sprint to 62mph from standstill in 5.3 seconds, while still topping 47mpg.
Styling changes see twin circular headlights - available in optional full LED spec - combine with the prominent BMW kidney grille and its new surround.
Both the front and rear bumpers have gained new contours, while the LED indicators are housed in the exterior mirrors. There are also four new exterior paint shades and five light-alloy wheel designs.
Inside, the centre console with optional automatic climate control system comes with a high-gloss black panel, wood panelling with pearl chrome highlights.
And new cupholders, with sliding cover, plus a leather steering wheel is amongst the standard equipment.
Trim grades comprise SE, xLine and M Sport, entry grade including stuff like leather upholstery, two-zone air-con, cruise control, DAB radio, Bluetooth, 17-inch alloys, heated front seats, automatic tailgate and now the BMW Business navigation system.
An optional new SE Plus package adds Harman-Kardon loudspeakers, sun protection glass, adaptive headlights, high-beam assistant and a one-inch increase in alloy wheel size for an additional £2,850.
The engine line-up is all turbo-diesel, the 2.0-litre X3 xDrive20d model now developing 190bhp rather than 184bhp and providing 7.1 per cent better fuel economy at 54.3mpg and emissions down to 138g/km.
Opt for the 150bhp X3 sDrive18d, with rear-wheel-drive, a six-speed manual gearbox and reduced rolling resistance tyres and the fuel figure is 60.1mpg with and CO2 emissions at 124g/km, the lowest of any model in this area of the market.
The 3.0-litre range-topping variants see the X3 xDrive30d manage 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds, consumption of 47.9mpg and emissions of 156g/km while the flagship 313bhp X3 xDrive35d boasts figures of 0-62 in 5.3 seconds, fuel consumption of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 157g/km - both reduced over the outgoing X3.
The new models go on sale in June priced from £30,990 for an X3 sDrive18d SE.
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