BMW’s X3 Goes Diesel, Warming Luxury CUV Segment


Audi has the Q5 TDI, Mercedes-Benz has the M Class BlueTec, and now BMW is bringing its X3 to the United States with a diesel engine variant, which it announced at the just-commenced Chicago Motor Show. BMW’s smaller crossover SUV has been a huge seller for the brand, and the more efficient diesel version should help it carry on with that momentum.

The X3 has sold over 1 million units since its debut in 2003, and with the addition of the diesel — the X3 xDrive28d, and a new rear-wheel drive version, the sDrive28i — BMW is hoping to build on that number moving forward. The X3 family — to which each member has also been endowed with some exterior changes — will go on sale this year, as the 2015 model year.

The rear-wheel drive X3 sDrive28i will start at $39,325, with the xDrive28i — with all-wheel drive — weighing in at $40,725. Upgrading to the xDrive35i with a more potent engine will see the base price increase to $45,825.

The diesel, meanwhile, will come in at $42,825 (all prices are inclusive of the $925 delivery fee). That stacks up against $46,500 for a comparable Audi Q5, and $51,790 for the most affordable Mercedes M Class. This means that the BMW xDrive28d is incredibly competitive from a pricing perspective, but remember this is prior to wading through BMW’s extensive though pricey options list.