BMW India will launch the 2011 X3 Crossover SUV in June, 2011. The company has increased the capacity at its Chennai facility to 10000 units per year, helping them to assemble the upcoming X3 in the country. The X3 is being brought down as CKD which will enable the German automaker to price the car very competitively. The new second generation BMW X3 will be powered by a 3.0 liter petrol motor producing 240bhp of power. A 2.0 liter diesel will also be launched alongside with 170bhp of power on tap. BMW will price the X3 very aggressively at a starting point of Rs. 39 lakhs for the base variant.


The entry level X3 xDrive28i will feature BMW’s award winning magnesium/aluminum 3.0-liter inline-6. In 2006 and 2007, the “N52” was awarded the distinction of being one of Wards 10 Best Engines of the Year. BMW X3 xDrive28i is rated at 240 bhp @ 6,600 rpm and 230 lb-ft of torque between 2,600 and 3,000 rpm. That’s good enough to accelerate from 0 – 60 kmph in 6.8 seconds. The N52s magnesium/aluminum construction, Valvetronic variable valve lift and Double-VANOS are features found only on BMW engines, and it is currently the lightest six cylinder engine for its size class in the world.



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