2012 BMW X3Enlarge Photo
BMW calls it a “return to its roots” and with the announcement that the 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i SAV arriving in dealerships this May will sport a new 2.0-liter “TwinPower” turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the news may well be welcome for family car buyers looking for a more fuel-efficient engine in a luxury compact crossover with all-wheel drive.
BMW 2.0-liter TwinPower turbo four-cylinder engineEnlarge Photo
The new 240-horsepower 2.0-liter TwinPower turbo four-cylinder engine is the result of continuing evolution of BMW’s EfficientDynamics strategy and replaces the previous in-line six-cylinder on the X3 xDrive28i.
BMW says it estimates “much improved fuel economy” over the former six-cylinder powerplant’s EPA-rated 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway but how much more fuel efficient it will be will have to wait for the official EPA ratings, which will be released closer to the X3’s on-sale date about three months from now.
Consumers who want V-6 power can still get it in the X3 xDrive35i.
Both models benefit from new standard equipment, which includes Auto Start Stop and Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO and power tailgate. An optional new Driver Assistance package includes Lane Departure Warning.
The five-passenger 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i is priced from $39,395, including $895 destination charge, while the X3 xDrive35i begins at $44,495. These prices represent an increase of $1,400 and $900, respectively, over 2012 models.
Auto Start Stop, says BMW, provides up to a three percent improvement in fuel economy by turning off the engine when the vehicle comes to a full stop, under certain driving conditions. The engine automatically restarts when the driver’s foot is taken off the brake or the steering wheel is slightly turned. The driver also has manual control via an “on/off” button located next to the Start/Stop button.
Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO is also accessed via a button located on the center console. ECO PRO helps enhance fuel efficiency by optimizing the drive train, heating, air conditioning and electrical functions by dialing them back. The iDrive screen also displays driving tips to help the driver conserve fuel, and fuel saved is displayed as “bonus” miles added to the X3’s normal driving range.
All BMW X3s are produced in the U.S. at an expansion of BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Production begins in April.
Note that the photo shown of the X3 is a 2012 model, which is virtually identical. The engine pictured, however, is the new 2.0-liter TwinPower turbo four-cylinder.
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