2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i with 2.0L turbo now on sale in Australia

BMW Australia has introduced the new 2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i. The variant features BMW’s latest 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine, replacing the outgoing 3.0-litre naturally aspirated straight six.

The new variant means the entire X3 lineup is now turbocharged. The 28i joins the entry-level xDrive20i – which features a slightly detuned version of the same 2.0 turbo engine (135kW/270Nm) – the xDrive20d (135kW/380Nm), and the range-topping xDrive30d (190kW/560Nm).

For the xDrive28i, the TwinPower engine produces 180kW from 5000rpm, and 350Nm available from 1250-4800rpm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h can be taken care of in 6.7 seconds, or around 0.2 seconds quicker than the outgoing 3.0-litre 28i model.

Despite the decent performance, the new xDrive28i comes with a combined fuel consumption rating of 7.5L/100km, which compares very well to the previous 9.0L/100km rating of the 190kW 3.0-litre. Stop-start technology is fitted as standard.

The new engine is slowly making its way into just about all BMW models, and is currently available in the new 3 Series 328i and the 5 Series 528i.

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Full pricing for the new X3 range is as follows (excluding on-road costs):

2012 BMW X3 xDrive20i – $59,500
2012 BMW X3 xDrive20d – $62,500
2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i – $72,900
2012 BMW X3 xDrive30d – $75,900

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.