2015 BMW X3 facelift, which made its global premiere in early 2014, was launched in India in late August, the same year. Only two variants were put on sale: BMW X3 xDrive 20d Expedition and BMW X3 xDrive 20d xLine, which are powered by BMW’s new 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel engine.
Earlier model had another variant, BMW X3 xDrive 30d, which was not added to the Indian launch last year.Now, Autocar India has reported that the range topping variant will be launched soon. The BMW X3 30d will be powered by the same 3.0 litre in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine, dishing out 258 PS max power and 560 Nm peak torque, mated to 8-speed automatic transmission.
To make the immensely powerful X3 variant more exclusive, in terms of looks and features, the Bimmer gets M Sport kit (similar to BMW 5-Series 530d’s) as standard. Ergo, the BMW X3 30d will enjoy sportier bumpers with larger air intakes, more athletic alloy wheels, and M badges on exterior and interior of the car. But the most important added feature will be the paddle shifters for the 8-speed AT.
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Entire BMW X3 range is assembled at the Bavarian automaker’s plant in Chennai, out of CKD kits imported from Spartanburg plant in the US. But the engines were not assembled here, they were brought as Completely Built Units (CBU). Starting this month, the 2.0 litre motor, shared with X3, 3-Series and 5-Series, will be assembled at Force Motors’ plant in Chennai.
Locally assembled 3.0 litre engine will be debuted in the BMW X3 30d, when it launches around June, 2015. Same engine as CBU is currently doing duty in X5, 5-Series and 7-Series.
Via – Autocar India