The new BMW X3 will soon have a cheaper entry point, with the introduction of a new two-wheel-drive petrol variant,

Priced at $65,900, the BMW X3 sDrive20i costs $3000 less than the turbo-diesel all-wheel-drive xDrive20d, which currently kicks off the range.

The sDrive20i is powered by a 135kW/290Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels.

Bmw X 3 Front Quarter Jpg

It’s the second petrol version in the X3 along with the powerful xDrive30i, which is powered by much more gutsy 2.0-litre turbo four that produced 185kW/350Nm to all four wheels via the same gearbox.

The power reduction comes with a $10,000 lower price, while still having more than enough power and traction for urban duties.

Equipment level mirror the xDrive20d including:  

  • Auto start-stop function
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Cloth/leather upholstery
  • Automatic tailgate
  • Three-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Sport leather multi-function steering wheel
  • 40:20:40 split rear seat
  • Head-Up Display
  • Speed Limit Info
  • Navigation system business with 6.5-inch central display
  • Natural voice control
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rains sensing windscreen wipers
  • LED headlights with cornering lights and LED daytime running lights
  • Driving Assistant with approach control warning, lane departure warning and lane change warning
  • Parking Assistant with rear view camera and park distance control  
  • Wireless phone charging
Bmw X 3 Rear Quarter Jpg

An M Sport package will also be available for $3500 and will include:

  • Anthracite headliner
  • High-gloss exterior trims
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Interior trim in Aluminium Rhombicle, with Pearl Chrome finishers
  • LED fog lights
  • M Aerodynamics Package
  • M Leather steering wheel
  • 19-inch BMW M light alloy wheels
  • Steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles
  • ‘Vernasca’ cloth/leather upholstery

The BMW sDrive20i will arrive in showrooms in March 2018. Fuel economy and emissions will be confirmed closer to the vehicle’s launch date.

Bmw X 3 Interior Jpg

2018 BMW X3 range pricing

  • X3 sDrive20i - $$65,900
  • X3 xDrive20d - $68,900
  • X3 xDrive30i - $75,900
  • X3 xDrive30d - $83,900