The BMW X3 line-up has been expanded from four to six models.
The new models include an entry-level sDrive18d and the monster top-of-the-line M40d.
Featuring a 118d badge, you’d expect that particular model to sport a 1.8-litre engine, but it’s actually the same unit used in the 20d, albeit slightly detuned. In the 18d this engine delivers 110kW and 350Nm of torque, which is still more than adequate considering the X3’s size and weight.
At R651 403 it’s also the cheapest X3 available in South Africa, undercutting the sDrive20i by nearly R10 000. BMW claims it will only use 5.3l/100km on the combined cycle.
At the other end of the spectrum we have the M40d. It’s equipped with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged diesel, which develops 240kW and 680Nm of torque. BMW claims it can sprint to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 250km/h.
We’ve experienced this engine before in the new X4 and it is a gem. It has loads of power and it actually sounds magnificent.
The X3 M40d retails for R1 038 126.