The Bavarians had been threatening us with it for a while now and they’ve finally gotten down to showcasing it; the F25 BMW X3 goes xDrive28i.
As it’s powered by the N20 engine, the X3 crossover becomes ever more interesting a proposition. And once you consider the pricing that’s slapped on to it that idea does not change.
For the 2013 modelyear, the F25 BMW X3 xDrive28i will have an MSRP of $37.995, destination and handling included which is actually quite remarkable.
That starting price is equal to the one the 2012 modelyear had in the F25 BMW X3 xDrive28i. The mai difference here is obviously in the engine.
Whereas the previous generation had an acclaimed naturally aspirated powerplant, a glorious 3.0 liter inline six cylinder engine, the new one goes to N20.
The N20 provides a little less horsepower at 245 (15 less) but considerably more torque than before at 260 (60 more). All of this happens as fuel economy is considerably improved.
Alongside the innate ability of the engine to be more efficient and less polluting, the 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i is going to receive a few extra features to help the process along.
The same ECO PRO fuel saving system as the F30 3 Series will be available on the F25 X3 xDrive28i. Since we’re referring to the US pricing, that version isn’t yet EPA tested so we don’t know exactly how well it all meshes together.
For the EU testing cycle however, the new version of the X3 xDrive28i manages 7.5 lt/100km which can be translated into some 31.3 mpg US.