Paris motor show report - BMW X3

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BMW X3
BMW X3
The new BMW X3 gets its world premiere here in Paris. It goes on sale in the UK on November 20 only with diesel engines, and it'll cost a little less than the model it replaces.

Gone are the old car's boxy looks, because this new 4x4 has a more upright grille and rounded profile, and apes other members of the BMW family such as the 5 Series and X5.

The 182bhp 20d has a 2.0-litre engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 30d comes with a 255bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 20d does an average of 49.6mpg with a manual gearbox and 50.4mpg with the optional auto trasnmission, with CO2 emissions of just under 150g/km. The 30d is also efficient, at 46.3mpg and 160g/km.

High-spec as standard
When it goes on sale in November, the X3 will initially be available only in SE trim. Leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, a multi-function steering wheel, BMW's iDrive central control unit and display screen plus climate control will all be standard. Electronic suspension, sports or active steering and satellite-navigation are among an extensive list of options.

Prices start at £30,490, £115 less than the current model.

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