Changes are afoot for both the X3, which gets a new engine and the X5 that’s now available as a M Sport Edition.
A series of changes have just been announced for both the X3 and X5 with the former getting the TwinPower Turbo power unit and the latter now available in the M Sport Edition. The new four-cylinder turbocharged engine is making its way seamlessly through BMW's lineup and it's not totally unexpected to discover that the 2013 X3 xDrive28i will use the same 2.0-liter unit that for the X3 is rated as 241hp and 248lb-ft of torque.
Compared to the outgoing 3.0-liter inline six, horsepower is slightly down, torque is up, and 0.2 seconds is shaved off the 0.62mph time which it manages in 6.7 seconds. Fuel consumption averages 31.3mpg, up from 26.1mpg, and CO2 emissions are down from 210 to 175g/km. The X3 will also get ECO PRO mode to maximize gas mileage, as well as Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes, which can be selected at the push of a button to adjust steering, accelerator response, the stability control system and automatic transmission settings. Additional safety options are also included such as a lane departure warning system and speed limit information system.
The four-cylinder X3 is set to arrive in Europe this spring, and will likely head to the states soon after. The M Sport Edition package for the X5 (not to be confused with a Sport Edition package for an X5 M) includes an aerodynamic body kit, 20-inch M alloys, xenon lights, adaptive cornering lights and High Gloss Shadow Line trim from the BMW Individual range; xDrive501 models also get a pneumatic self-leveling suspension. Inside, the cabin of the M Sport Edition X5 boasts M Alcantra/Black Nappa leather upholstery and electric-adjust M sports seats.
Other highlights include a leather M steering wheel, shift paddles, anthracite head liner, paino black trim, a performance pedal set and M-brand door sills plates. Although the US will not be getting M Performance diesel models, there's no reason why, if enough customers are interested, BMW won't make this package available to the US market.