SDRIVE FUNCTIONALITY ADDS NEW LAYER OF EFFICIENCY AND AFFORDABILITY TO THE 2019 BMW X3

June 15th, 2018 by

As though the BMW X3 wasn’t a tempting-enough luxury SAV in California, BMW took the recent redesign up another notch, adding a new trim level (BMW X3 sDrive30i) and a new drivetrain option to the mix.

Explore the all-new 2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i, offering standard rear-wheel drive and a 248-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and starting at just $41,000.

WHY IS SDRIVE RWD A GOOD OPTION FOR THE EAST BAY AREA?

It’s rare for temperatures in Pleasanton and the greater San Ramon and Hayward areas to ever drop even to freezing–much less below freezing. We don’t see much snow, or even slush or ice, on the roads in even the coldest months of the year. The California climate leans more toward heat and dry weather than the cold and the wet. If 90% or more of your driving occurs on dry pavement, you might not really need the, admittedly numerous, benefits of xDrive all-wheel drive.

sDrive rear-wheel drive, which comes standard in the 2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i, provides plenty of power and sporty acceleration without the added grip of the front wheels. It’s a more efficient system, giving the new 2019 X3 RWD model a combined fuel economy rating of 26 mpg–with 23 mpg in the city and 30 or more mpg on the highway–and it’s a more affordable option for the BMW X3, too: the new rear-wheel-drive SAV starts $1,650 less than the all-wheel-drive crossover.

See why the new BMW X3 is a great choice in Pleasanton

XDRIVE VS SDRIVE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

If you don’t know the difference between BMW’s xDrive and sDrive system, you’re not alone–but, it’s a pretty easy distinction:

BMW sDrive system: rear-wheel-drive system developed exclusively for BMW cars, SACs, and SAVs like the BMW X3, which routes all of the engine’s power to the rear axle, and provides power specifically to the rear wheels alone.

BMW xDrive system: all-wheel-drive system engineered exclusively for BMW cars and SAVs, which sends engine power to all four wheels on both front and rear axles, balanced to optimize for efficiency in good weather, and to optimize for performance and traction in bad weather or on unstable or slipper terrain.

Not sure whether the rear-wheel-drive BMW X3 sDrive30i or the all-wheel-drive BMW X3 xDrive30i will be the better fit for what you want to do and where you want to go?

We encourage you to compare the two, and visit East Bay BMW to learn from our Product Geniuses, and to take a test drive to feel the difference.

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