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Mike Stevens | Apr 11, 2009

At a time when fuel economy is as important as overall vehicle performance, it is hardly surprising that BMW has launched a new, even more efficient addition to its X3 range, the xDrive 18d.

Surpassing its previous class leader, the more mature xDrive 20d, BMW's new entry into the Sports Activity Vehicle market (that's right: SAV, not SUV) marks the Munich-based manufacturer's latest attempt to adapt to an ever-changing motoring landscape.

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According to BMW, the 18d is “the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive in its segment...in this performance class.”

There are some impressive figures to support this claim.

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The new X3 xDrive 18d boasts a 2.0 litre direct-injected and turbo-charged diesel engine – not the 1.8 its name would suggest – producing 105kW (143hp) at 4000rpm and 350Nm (250lb/ft) of torque at a practical 1750 rpm.

The motor features an all-aluminium crank case and common-rail direct fuel injection, which, optimising fuel usage, consumes just 6.2 l/100km, allowing the car to reach EU 5 standards.

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It's acceleration figures are also surprising, with a standing start run to 100kmh in 10.3 seconds and a top speed of 195km/h. (Giving BMW's mid-size SAV enough punch to hold its own on Germany’s autobahns.)

Emitting just 165g/km, BMW is trumpeting the X3 xDrive 18d's environmental credentials - smart move in today's market you'd reckon. Check out the press release following.

Superior Agility, Supreme Efficiency.The new BMW X3 xDrive 18d.

The new, particularly economical entry-level version of BMW's highly successful Sports Activity Vehicle - average fuel consumption to the EU standard 6.2 litres/100 kilometres (45.6 mpg imp), CO2 rating 165 g/km, emission standard EU5.

Munich. Fascinating agility on all kinds of terrain is now becoming more economical than ever before. Introducing a new entry-level version of the BMW X3, the world's most successful manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles is once again setting the standard for efficiency in a Sports Activity Vehicle.

The new BMW X3 xDrive18d is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel delivering an ample 105 kW/143 hp. Average fuel consumption of the new model in the EU test cycle is a mere 6.2 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 45.6 mpg imp. In CO2 emissions, this means a rating of just 165 grams per kilometre. This makes the BMW X3 the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive vehicle in its segment also in this performance class. And it almost goes without saying that the BMW X3 xDrive18d in series trim naturally fulfils the EU5 emission standard.

All-round driving pleasure and supreme efficiency have made the BMW X3 a genuine trendsetter, contributing significantly to the car's worldwide success. Indeed, it was the BMW X3 which for the first time carried over the features and qualities typical of a Sports Activity Vehicle into a new segment, total sales of the X3 now amounting to more than 500,000 units. For a long time the BMW X3 was the only premium vehicle in its class, and to this day it remains the epitome of driving dynamics on the road as well as agility and supreme traction off the beaten track. And last but certainly not least, the BMW X3 offers an unparalleled balance of performance and fuel economy throughout the entire competition segment of BMW X models.

Superior all-wheel-drive technology, powerful traction and premium quality now with even greater all-round economy.

The attractive combination of all these features is now borne out in yet another excellent rendition in the guise of the new BMW X3 xDrive18d. The benefits of BMW's intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, the spontaneous development of power typical of BMW's diesel engines, and the uncompromising quality of a genuine premium model now come with an even higher standard of economy.

The BMW X3 xDrive18d is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine featuring an all-aluminium crankcase and common rail direct fuel injection developing maximum output of 105 kW/143 hp at 4,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 350 Newton-metres (258 lb-ft) at just 1,750 rpm ensures truly outstanding traction and pulling power at all times. The new BMW X3 xDrive18d accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 10.3 seconds and has a top speed of 195 km/h or 121 mph.

In conjunction with BMW EfficientDynamics naturally featured as standard, the superior all-round efficiency of the diesel engine ensures the outstanding economy of the BMW X3 xDrive18d. Offering average fuel consumption of just 6.2 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 45.6 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 165 grams per kilometre, the new model is even more economical and cleaner than the former leader on the efficiency scale, the 130 kW/177 hp BMW X3 xDrive20d (6.5 litres/43.5 mpg imp/172 grams). And just like its "bigger brother", the new BMW X3 xDrive18d naturally fulfils the EU5 emission standard.

The highly successful BMW X3: efficient, lasting in value, reliable.

The introduction of the new BMW X3 xDrive18d increases the number of engine variants available in this SAV from BMW to no less than seven. The customer has the choice of three petrol-engine models with power output ranging from 110 kW/150 hp to 200 kW/272 hp and four diesel models culminating in the 210 kW/286 hp BMW X3 xDrive35d as the most dynamic performer in the range.

Like all engine variants the new BMW X3 xDrive18d also comes as standard with BMW's intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system. This permanent, electronically masterminded all-wheel drive ensures variable distribution of drive power front-to-rear, promoting both driving dynamics on the road and safe, secure traction off the beaten track, with drive power constantly going to the wheels where it can be converted most effectively into actual driving forces on the road.

Thanks to the outstanding and truly convincing qualities of xDrive also available in many other BMWs, BMW remained the world's most successful manufacturer of all-wheel-drive vehicles in the premium segment also in 2008.

Over and above such outstanding efficiency and fascinating agility, the BMW X3 also offers truly excellent reliability. In 2009, for example, the X3 was lauded for the second time in a row with the renowned Yellow Angel Award by Germany's and, indeed, the world's largest motoring club, the Allgemeine Deutsche Automobilclub (ADAC), for outstanding all-round quality. Proceeding from the findings of ADAC's breakdown helpers famous throughout Germany as "Yellow Angels", this leading motoring club once again acknowledged the BMW X3 as the most reliable vehicle on the road in Germany.

Last but certainly not least, BMW's SAV also comes right at the top in terms of lasting value. In the category of off-road vehicles the market observers at EurotaxSchwacke ranked the BMW X3 No 1 in their AutomobilForecastIndex 2008, confirming that of all vehicles in this segment BMW's SAV shows the lowest decline in value.

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