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The EPA posted that owners of the 2013 X3 xDrive28i can expect as much as 21/28 mpg city/highway, and 24 mpg combined. Given the X3 xDrive28i’s 241-hp, those aren’t bad numbers. It’s even better when you remember the outgoing six-cylinder X3 which got 19-mpg city, 25-mpg highway, and a combined 21-mpg rating.
The turbocharged six-cylinder xDrive35i will see similar figures however, with 19-mpg city, 26-mpg highway, 21-mpg combined.
For now, those numbers net the X3 xDrive28i the most efficient, all-wheel drive luxury crossover – that isn’t a hybrid. That might change when Mercedes-Benz announced fuel consumption figures for the 2013 GLK, which we saw last week at the New York Auto Show.
BMW is proving again that a smaller engine doesn’t need to mean less oomph after announcing that the 2013 X-Series will be switching to a 4-cylinder engine.
The company will start producing their new X-Series crossovers this April. The biggest change for American consumers will be the single horsepower boost the 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i will get despite the downsized engine. BMW decided to swap out the old naturally-aspirated inline six-cylinder that made 240 horsepower for a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four that puts out 241 horsepower.
The more powerful 300 hp version, however, will get the same turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6. Both versions are probably a good thing because the push toward a smaller engine means the lower-end X3 will get a bit of a boost in gas mileage, putting it in line with the 2.0-liter turbocharged Audi Q5, while still achieving more horsepower.
[Source: Inside Line]