BMW announces X3 xDrive28i with 2.0L Turbo, X5 M Sport Edition and More for 2012

2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i

Keeping in line with its continual flow of upgraded and new products, BMW announced yesterday that X3 xDrive28i is getting a power upgrade with a smaller engine Currently powered by a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter straight-six that makes 240hp, the X3 will now carry a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged motor under the hood. Putting out 245-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, the model is mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission.

The new X3 has a 0-62 mph time of 6.7 seconds, shaving 0.2 seconds off the previous model’s time, and gets better gas mileage at about 31 mpg.

Along with the power upgrade, BMW’s Driving Experience Control will be included in all of the upcoming models. Driving Experience Control allows drivers four choices, each with a coordinating suspension adjustment. In addition to having an adjustable suspension, the Dynamic Damper Control, transmission and power steering all adjust, as well.

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More features have also been added, which include a Lane Departure Warning signal, and the Speed Limit Info System option for ConnectedDrive driver assistance.

This spring also marks the release of the new X5 model, which gets an M Sport Edition for select models. The M Sport Editions will come with 20-inch alloy wheels, new tailpipes, an aero kit, and Individual High Gloss Shadow Line.

Expect to see the new 2013 X3 models hit dealerships in spring here in the U.S., while the U.K. is getting a 2012 model year released.

– By: Alexandra Koken