New Turbo-Charged BMW X3 xDrive20i Arrives Under $60K

BMW today added a four-cylinder petrol powered X3 xDrive20i to its top-selling mid-sized Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) range.

The new two-litre petrol model drops the entry point to the X3 range to just $59,200* and is the fourth engine variant to join the X3 family.

Codenamed ‘N20’, the brand new four-cylinder engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger with VALVETRONIC, Double-VANOS camshaft control and High Precision Injection. This gives the X3 xDrive20i power output of 135kW and 270Nm of torque, allowing acceleration from a standing start to 100km/h in just 8.6 seconds.

Class-leading fuel efficiency of 7.5 l/00 km comes courtesy of BMW EfficientDynamics features such as Automatic Start/Stop Function, Brake Energy Regeneration and Low Rolling Resistance tyres. C02 emissions are just 175 g/km.

As with all models in the X3 range, the X3 xDrive20i comes standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic, which provides finely differentiated gear ratios, allowing for better exploitation of the engine speed range. In addition, this smoothly graded gear-stepping means not only more comfortable, linear acceleration, but also allows the engine to run at optimal engine speed for longer, increasing efficiency.

The new X3 xDrive20i comes with generous standard specification, further adding to the value of this new entry point model. Standard specification matches that of the highly successful X3 xDrive20d, including 17” V-spoke alloys, cruise control with braking function, Electric Power Steering with Servotronic, Rear View Camera, Anti-dazzle interior mirror, Park Distance Control front and rear, rain sensors with automatic headlight control, Automatic climate control, BMW Radio Professional and Bluetooth.

Since its local launch in March, the second generation BMW X3 range has proven a runaway success, with more than 1,500 cars sold in Australia so far this year.
The new X3 xDrive20i will be available in BMW showrooms next month.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.