BMW Debuts Diesel X3 in Chicago

By Paul Riegler on 6 February 2014
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The 2015 BMW X3

The 2015 BMW X3

CHICAGO—BMW introduced the redesigned 2015 BMW X3, adding a diesel-powered version of its Sports Activity Vehicle as well as a rear-wheel drive version of the vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday.

BMW also unveiled its 7 Series diesel at the show.

The X3 xDrive28d is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel inline four-cylinder engine.  It develops 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, which brings it from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just under eight seconds, according to BMW.  It will be equipped with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission as well as BMW’s Selective Catalyst Reduction technology to limit exhaust emissions.

The second new model is the X3 sDrive28i, with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque with rear-wheel drive.  It moves from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.2 seconds.

All 2015 X3s will come with numerous features from BMW’s EfficientDynamics toolkit including Eco Pro, which helps one drive more economically by adjusting throttle response and other vehicle setting for more fuel-efficient driving. It also coaches the driver with suggestions on improving fuel economy and informs him how much better (or worse) his fuel usage is in the course of a drive.

Other EfficientDynamics features include sailing or coasting, which disengages the powertrain at speeds over 30 mph (48 km/h) when the driver removes his foot from the accelerator.

The new X3 is exactly one centimeter longer than the outgoing model, with dimensions otherwise unchanged.  New twin circular headlights that are available as full LEDs define its front.  The traditional BMW kidney grill has a new surround and the front and rear bumpers have been redesigned.  Turn signals are now found in the exterior mirrors of the vehicle and four new colors and four new light-alloy wheels are available.