Our suspicion has turned out to be right. BMW India will launch the new X3 (F25) next month and there is a high likelihood that petrol engines will not feature on the brochure. Two diesels are planned instead - a 184hp/380Nm 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel (xDrive20d) from smaller BMW vehicles, and a bigger 258hp/560Nm 3.0-liter (xDrive30d) mill. Both CKD models, as their names indicate, will come with 4WD.
Sources add that a price war is on the cards with BMW trying to pip the Audi Q5 with a more aggressive price tag. At a later date, BMW could plan for either the xDrive28i or the xDrive35i, but they are not likely to be assembled in 2011.