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Afternoon round-up: Updates for X1 and X3, used van prices down, Forester eyes safety


BMW: updates for X3 and X1

BMW is to add a new four-cylinder petrol engine to its X3 SUV (pictured) from December.Known as the xDrive20i, it will produce 184hp, an official 39.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 163g/km. It will be good for 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds. Prices will start at £37,980.

BMW X3 2017

Also in December, the manufacturer will also introduce the first ever M Performance X3, the M40i. The performance flagship will pump out 360hp and be capable of 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds. Official economy and CO2 will be 34.5mpg and 188g/km, and it will cost from £48,950.

BMW will also fit an eight-speed automatic transmission to the X1 xDrive20d as standard from November, which will give it an official 60.1mpg, CO2 emissions of 123g/km and 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds.

BCA: van prices down in August

Average used van prices fell by 2% (£133) in August according to BCA. Theauction firm said it was the first monthly reduction since April and that LCV values remain 5.4%/£331 higher than in August 2016.BCA Pulse - some price pressure as volumes rise

Prices of ex-fleet and lease vans dropped by 1.7% (£124) to an average of £6,780 in August, after what the company described as “essentially static for the previous three months”.

“There was some pressure on fleet and lease stock values, largely as a result of declining volumes from the daily rental sector, alongside some duplication of stock and condition issues,” said BCA’s LCV operations director, Duncan Ward.

“Taking condition out of the equation, there will always be demand for vehicles with rare and unusual specification, or those finished in a good retail colour with a high specification.”

Subaru makes Eyesight driver aid standard on Forester

Subaru has made its Eyesight driver aid standard fare on the Forester SUV. Subaru Forester 2017The system comprises two stereo cameras, mounted on each side of the rear-view mirror, which can distinguish vehicles, pedestrians, lane markings and road furniture, and can differentiate between these and determine the general traffic conditions.

It subsequently corresponds with the six of the car’s active safety systems: adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure and sway warning, lane keep assist and lead vehicle start alert.

The manufacturer claims the system acts as a “second pair of eyes” for the driver, and that a study in Japan between 2010 and 2014 showed that vehicles fitted with the system were involved in 61% fewer accidents.