Getting a desirable BMW has just gotten easier. If you have your heart set on a high driving position, the crossover look and a modern bit of kit, you’re in luck.
That’s because the Bavarians have introduced a new entry level version of the BMW X3, a proper one. We’re not talking about a bogus older version being revamped.
It’s titled the X3 sDrive18d which means you get a lesser engine but you do get an F25 model, the latest available after all.
The idea is that BMW cut some costs into the way they load a car with equipment. So the price cutting happens under the bonnet to begin with.
While you may be getting a familiar 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine, it only comes with a 143 horsepower and 266 lb-ft tune.
You also get rear wheel drive to put that power down. Further more, there’s not even an option with how many wheels are driven as xDrive cannot be specified.
In the realm of cog swapping things are also familiar, there’s still a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
Even at the best of conditions and using the manual (which is quickest) it will take 9.9 seconds to hit 60 and the top speed figure is 121 mph.
Though international pricing is yet to be set, in Germany, the X3 sDrive18d will cost some €36.200.