BMW introduces diesel 2015 X3 before Chicago Auto ShowWed, 05 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800
BMW's successful X3 SUV is getting new features for 2015, the company said on Wednesday before the Chicago Auto Show. For the first time in the U.S., a diesel engine will be offered on the midsized 'ute, as will a lower-cost rear-wheel drive model.
The BMW X3 xDrive28d -- quite a mouthful -- will deliver 180 hp and a robust 280 lb-ft of torque using a 2.0-liter, TwinPower turbo diesel engine. Power is transferred through an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW says this version can get to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds.
Other engine options include the company's excellent 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 making 300 hp and its 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 making 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. “xDrive” branded cars will feature all-wheel drive, "sDrive” signifies rear-wheel drive.
For efficiency, eco pro mode activates a coasting function that disengages the powertrain at speeds from 30-100 mph when the driver takes his foot off of the accelerator.
The 2015 X3 is nearly identical in size to the outgoing model. It features redesigned twin-circular headlights or full LEDs, a bigger grille and new front and rear bumpers. Its LED turn signals move to the exterior mirrors.
Two main trim packages will dominate the X3 landscape: xLine and M Sport. The first features metal inserts in the bumpers, satin aluminum side cladding and bars in the intakes, and simulated under guards. The M Sport gets M aerodynamic parts, high-gloss trim, sport seats and an Anthracite roof liner. It will also come with a sportier transmission setting and upgraded steering and suspension.
BMW's iDrive system comes standard on the X3, as does the Ford-like Smart Opener system that opens the hatch with a wave of the foot. The rear storage area can be configured to accommodate multiple types of cargo.
The rear-drive X3 sDrive28i starts at $39,325, the xDrive28i costs $40,725 and the xDrive35i goes for $45,825. The diesel xDrive28d starts at $42,825. The 2015 X3 goes on sale this spring.
By Jake Lingeman