Available in standard and SE variants, the X3's 150bhp diesel engine offers 243lb-ft of torque and will be Euro IV-compliant from launch. The car will have a six-speed manual transmission as standard and covers the 0-62mph benchmark in 10.2 seconds.
The X3 uses BMW's xDrive four-wheel drive system with a central, electronically-controlled clutch to distribute power to the axle with most traction in less than 100 milliseconds.
Both variants will come with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, a CD player and BMW's new two-stage brake lights. A 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel will become available next year in SE and Sport variants.