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BMW X3 3.0d a premium offering

Spritely oil burner: The X3 3.0d hits 100km/h in 7.9 seconds.

Diesels are growing in popularity so BMW adds an X3 turbodiesel to the lineup

18 Oct 2005

THE Bavarian brand won't be making the same mistake it made with the turbo-diesel X5 3.0d when it launches Australia's first oil-burning X3 4WD today.

Priced at a range-topping $74,400 – rather than being positioned as an entry-level variant as was the case with the X5 3.0d, which quickly became the X5 volume seller before its price increased – the X3 3.0d joins the $71,400 X3 3.0 petrol and the X3 2.5 ($63,900 manual, $66,500 auto) on sale here.

Unlike the others, the diesel X3 features a six-speed Steptronic auto, but otherwise it is specified almost identically to the 3.0-litre petrol version, which is also auto-only.

Of course, a 160kW/480Nm turbo-diesel is the other big difference, propelling the compact BMW 4WD to 100km/h in a claimed 7.9 seconds and consuming just 8.6L/100km on the combined EU cycle.

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