New engines for BMW X3Plus upgrades for 5 Series GT and 6 Series prices
17 August 2011
BMW has announced a pair of new diesel engines for the X3, plus an upgraded standard specification for the 5 Series Gran Turismo.
The German carmaker has also announced prices for the new BMW 6 Series Coupé.
BMW X3: extra diesel power
Joining the existing BMW X3 4x4 range are new xDrive30d and xDrive35d turbodiesels.
These add a significant amount of performance without a massive efficiency penalty. Both are 3.0-litre straight-six units, and both feature eight-speed automatic gearboxes and the full complement of EfficientDynamics technologies.
As a result, the 254bhp xDrive30d is capable of reaching 62mph in just 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 130mph. Yet BMW still claims 47.1mpg combined with 159g/km CO2 emissions. The xDrive35d, meanwhile, offers a massive 308bhp, 0-62mph in just 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 149mph, plus 46.3mpg and 162g/km CO2.
As befits a pair of range-topping models, the new diesels are also endowed with a more generous amount of standard equipment, including metallic paint and the very latest Dynamic Stability Control safety systems (complete with brake drying, brake-fade compensation, brake pre-tensioning and hill-start assist).
Prices start at £37,600 for the xDrive30d SE and £40,205 for the xDrive35d SE. M Sport versions are available from £39,975 and £42,225 respectively.
BMW 5 Series GT: more for your money
In an effort to redress the poor sales performance of the challenging-looking 5 Series Gran Turismo luxury car, BMW is increasing the level of standard kit.
The 5 GT is part-estate car, part-SUV and part-coupé (not to mention all-ugly, as far as most people seem to be concerned). It already offers a great deal of interior space and luggage capacity for your money. Now though, all models will come with the BMW Professional navigation system, BMW Assist, electric front seats with driver’s side memory function, voice control, xenon headlights with washers and remote tailgate operation.
BMW has also confirmed a new M Sport specification level featuring 19in alloy wheels, sports interior, bodykit, sports suspension, and dark trim detailing inside and out. This arrives in showrooms in September.
Prices start at £45,580 for the 530d SE, with the M Sport model available from £48,800.
BMW 6 Series Coupé: from £59,565
BMW has also announced prices for the new 6 Series Coupé.
The 640i SE will start at £59,565, the 650i SE at £67,340 and the 640d SE turbodiesel at £62,080. An eight-speed Sport Automatic gearbox, leather seats, Bluetooth, BMW Professional navigation system with high-res 10.2in display and LED front foglights are all included as standard. An M Sport model will join the range at a later date.
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