Sportier BMW X3 with locally-assembled 3L diesel engine launching in June – Report

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Would get an M Sport kit just like the 530d.

According to a report on Autocar India, BMW India will launch a more powerful variant on the X3 with the 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine. While this variant was offered on the pre-facelift, the facelifted X3 which went on sale in India in August 2014 came solely with the 2.0-liter diesel unit.

BMW X3 30d MSport front quarters
The X3 30d’s M Sport kit adds plenty of visual flair, a new steering and paddle shifters.

To give it added presence, the X3 30d variant as it will be called, will get the M Sport bodykit, comprising of aggressively designed bumpers, side skirts, new alloy wheels and an M Sport steering wheel with paddle shifters.

The big news is that this engine will be locally assembled in India. Prior to the assembly of the 3L diesel engine, the 2L diesel engine will be assembled starting this month, says the publication. BMW India had also made an announcement in February this year that it had tied up with 7 parts suppliers for increased localization of products.

BMW X3 30d MSport rear quarters
The 3L diesel engine is currently seen on the 5, 6 and 7 Series, and the X5.

Also read: Mini Cooper S launched in India at INR 34.65 lakhs

The 3.0-liter six-cylinder unit for the X3 30d would produce 258 hp and 560 Nm of torque. The drive will be sent to all wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. For reference, the X3 with the 2L diesel makes 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque.

BMW X3 30d with M Sport Kit – Image Gallery

[Source – AutocarIndia]

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