BMW has announced a series of changes for the X3 and X5. The X3 xDrive28i gains a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, while the X5 has a new M Sport edition.
First up, the X3 xDrive28i loses the 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder that makes 258 PS (190 kW / 255 hp) and gains a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology instead. Although horsepower is slightly down at 245 PS (180 kW / 241 hp) compared to the 6-cylinder, torque is up to 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) which is 40 Nm (29.5 lb-ft) more than its predecessor. As a result, 0-100 km/h arrives in 6.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the 6-cylinder. Meanwhile, fuel consumption averages 7.5 L/100 km (37.6 mpg UK / 31.3 mpg US) and CO2 emissions are 175 g/km versus 9.0 L/100km and 210 g/km in the 6-cylinder.
In addition, all upcoming X3 will be equipped with a Driving Experience Control system. At the push of a button, the driver can select from four different modes (Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Eco Pro) which adjust the steering, accelerator response, stability control system and automatic transmission settings.
The model also gains additional safety options including a lane departure warning system and a speed limit information system with a "no overtaking" display.
The X5, on the other hand, has a new M Sport edition. Offered on all engine variants, the package includes an aerodynamic body kit, xenon headlights, a sports-tuned suspension and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the cabin features sport seats, an M steering wheel (with paddle shifters) and an anthracite roof liner. There's also piano black trim, stainless steel pedals and M-brand door sill plates.
Check out the press release for additional information