The engine produces 150bhp at 4,000rpm and 243lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm, through a standard six-speed manual gearbox. Accelerating from standstill, 62mph is reached in 10.2 seconds while top speed is 123mph. The X3 2.0d delivers 39.2mpg on the combined cycle and carbon dioxide emissions of 191g/km.
All BMW X3 2.0d models are equipped with 17 inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, CD player, roof rails, an alarm and Brake Force Display, BMW’s new two-stage brake lights. SE models additionally feature a front centre armrest, front fog lamps, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control, on-board computer and Park Distance Control. All X3 models come with a range of options to accompany the active lifestyles of their owners.
Options include either Business or Professional navigation system, the Professional system featuring map guidance within a dedicated 16:9 pop-up colour monitor. Adaptive Headlights can also be specified, making night driving safer and easier. These respond to steering inputs and swivel by up to 15 degrees, illuminating up to 90 per cent more of the road ahead as well as any previously unseen, potential hazards.
From autumn 2005, a six-cylinder 3.0 diesel derivative will also be available in SE or Sport form, details of which will be announced closer to its introduction.