If you want the utility but don’t mind trading the offroad capability for economy, then you’re the customer that BMW designed the new BMW X3 sDrive18d for. BMW has removed the xDrive system for this model and given it BMW traditional rear wheel drive, which helps the X3 sDrive18d do just 5.1 litres per 100km on the EU test cycle.

In sDrive18d tune, BMW’s 2.0 litre four cylinder diesel produces 143hp and 360Nm of torque. It does the 100km/h sprint in 9.9 seconds for the 6-speed manual and 10.3 seconds on the 8-speed auto. Fuel saving measures such as Brake Energy Regeneration, the Optimum Shift Indicator, Electric Power Steering, ECO PRO mode and the Auto Start-Stop function come standard.

It’s not likely that BMW will offer this model in Malaysia. The only X model with sDrive in Malaysia so far is the BMW X1, which is offered as an sDrive18i as well as an xDrive20d. We expect the normally aspirated sDrive18i to be replaced with something turbocharged when the X1 LCI rolls along.