2013 BMW X3 to Get Four-Cylinder Option

BMW X3

An updated 2013 BMW X3 will go into production in April with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, more tech options and a new M performance package.

The 4xDrive28i will replace its 240-horsepower inline-six-cylinder with an equally powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder motor. The engine — already available on the 3 Series, 5 Series and Z4 — also comes with an auto stop/start feature for improved gas mileage. The current X3 xDrive28i gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined.

The new four-cylinder won't make the X3 cheaper, but it won't make it any more expensive, either. At $37,995 including destination, the SUV costs the same as the outgoing 2012 trim. The xDrive28i gets more standard equipment, however, including a power liftgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome tailpipes and a fuel-saving program BMW calls Driving Dynamics Control.

For folks who still prefer the sound of six-cylinder power, the xDrive35i soldiers on with its 3.0-liter inline-six, which produces 300 hp. It also gets an auto start/stop feature that will improve fuel economy by up to 3% in certain conditions, BMW says. The xDrive35i will go on sale for $43,595, which is also the same as last year's model. An M Sport Package featuring 19-inch wheels is available on the xDrive35i.

A new lane departure warning system is optional. Additional trim, feature and fuel economy info will be made available closer to the SUV's launch early this summer.

Comments 

chubby

If i wanted a cramped four cylinder SUV i would save a bunch of money on the purchase price and repairs and just get a RAV4. Or i would buy the v6 rav4 and have fun smoking four cylinder bmws.

Mike Bell

Until BMW improves their reliability and over all quality, I don't care if they run the car on water. You will still be in the dealership very 8 weeks having repairs made, (thats on a new one). So if you really love to drive the ultimate "Driving machine" Buy Two. so you always have one in operating order

George

The RAV4 V6 has a too tall axle ratio. It should be faster with the correct one 3.29 vs. 3.08.
This BMW turbo 4 engine makes at least as much power as Toyota's 2gr-fe 3.5 V6 in the RAV4. Plus BMW has an 8 speed automatic versus Toyota's '5'.
So the only advantage the RAV4 has is less weight.

Fix it again

Wrong. You don't know much about gearing. 4.11 gearing is what you want for maximum acceleration.

New updated model of BMW X3 2013 will go into the production in April.This model will include four cylinder engine ,more tech options and even new performance package too.

Leo

As for the RAV4 V6 vs the X3 2.8 I6....0 to 60 mph: RAV4 @7.2 seconds...X3 @ 6.7 seconds. Edmunds.

The new BMW turbo 4 is more powerful (torque and horsepower) than the 2.8 litre six. So it should be faster than last year's X3...and remain faster than the RAV4

At the first corner, the X3 will smoke an RAV4. Cornering ability is as important as horsepower.

Guy

Modifying a line from Kanye West: "What you think I work for, to push a fuckin' RAV4?"

LOL yah, buy a RAV. Doubt Toyota brake peddles will stop to read this, but if you've ever bought or leased a BMW then you'd be laughing at these comments on reliability with me. The only additional expense I've ever had to make beyond my car or lease payment for the past 5 years has been to pay for gasoline... everything else has always been covered free under the service plan (including a loaner car when the vehicle is in for service). I guess if that's not reliable, then the fact that I'm passing you on the highway in a BMW while you're hand cranking your windows down is certainly guaranteed.

Joe

Jealousy does crazy things to people, a Rav 4 being compared to an X3.

SMH.

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