New BMW X3 stays

with diesel

BMW X3, 2024, front
BMW X3, 2024, front
BMW X3, 2024, side
BMW X3, 2024, rear
BMW X3, 2024, interior
BMW X3, 2024, boot

THE fourth generation of the BMW X3 mid-sized SUV will be on the road by the end of 2024 - and the line up will continue to feature a diesel model as well as a plug-in hybrid.

Priced from £46,800 for a petrol-powered model and £48,210 for the diesel, the new X3 is longer and wider than before but lower creating a sturdier look.

Dimensions are 4,755 millimetres in length - up 34mm - while the width has increased by 29mm to 1,920mm and the height dropped by 25mm to 1,660 mm.

Boot space is also up and now the X3 offers 570 litres of space rising to a maximum of 1,700 litres.

The plug-in 30e version - priced from - £56,340 - has slightly less luggage capacity at 460 to 1,600 litres. The towing limit is 2.5 tonnes depending on variant.

Best performance comes from the range-topping three-litre M50 xDrive which costs from £64,990 and has a top speed restricted to 155mph with a 0 to 62mph acceleration time of 4.6 seconds and a best fuel return of 36.7mpg.

Performance figures for the 30e xDrive PHEV are an acceleration time of 6.2 seconds and a theoretical fuel return of up to 313.9mpg with a maximum EV range of up to 56 miles.

The drive system in the 30e xDrive is made up of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine partnered with an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission giving a system output of up to 299hp.

Fuel economy for the diesel models is rated at 48.7mpg with emissions of 153g/km while the 20 xDrive petrol versions officially averages a best of 40.9 to the gallon with a CO2 figure of 156g/km.

All versions of the new X3 come with BMW's latest software and the brand's Curved Display instrument panel and the new BMW iDrive system which enables access to the semi-automated driving set up.

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