06 Aug '11, 2am
BMW X3 gets new turbocharged engines
The first new engine belongs to the X3 xDrive20i, which is now the new entry-level model of the X3 range. The 2.0-litre aluminium four-cylinder petrol unit features a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection, Double Vanos variable camshaft control and Valvetronic variable valve control system. The engine produces 184bhp and 270Nm, and will be mated to either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission, both of which will send the power to all four wheels. The second powerplant is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel with twin-stage turbocharging the latest generation of BMW's common-rail direct injection system with up to 1,800 bar of pressure. This will be fitted to the X3 xDrive35d, and will have 313bhp and 630Nm of torque, making it the most powerful model in the X3 line-up. BMW explains how the twin-stage turbocharging system works by saying at low engine s...