BMW India has launched the all-new, third-generation BMW X3. The mid-sized SUV is locally produced and competes with vehicles like the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. For now it’s only available in a diesel-powered version but a petrol-engined X3 will be launched later this year, the company has confirmed.
It moves away from the second-generation version’s design, boasts a larger footprint, a styling approach that makes it look more grown up, and of course quite a lot of features. There will be two trims to choose from: Expedition and Luxury Line.
Weighing around 55 kilos lighter than the version it replaces, the new X3 comes with a locally produced 2-litre diesel engine. It makes 187.7 bhp and 40.78 kgm. And with the eight-speed automatic transmission (comes with paddle shifters) and xDrive AWD system, it helps the X3 hit 100 kph from a standstill in 8 seconds.
The new BMW X3 gets a pair of fully adaptive LED headlamps, BMW Display Key, Welcome Light Carpet, Reverse camera with Park Assist, and also wireless charging. A 12.3-inch screen is the new-age instrument console, while a 10.25-inch touchscreen system handles in-car entertainment. The latter has sound channelled through a 600-watt Harmon Kardon surround system.
BMW hasn’t skimped on driver aids, either, with standard fitments like DSC, cornering brake control, auto-hold electric parking brake, attentiveness assistance, ABS, etc. There are six airbags in total, and ISOFIX child seat mounting points are available, too.
Prices are out: Rs 49.99 lakh for the BMW X3 xDrive 20d Expedition, and Rs 56.7 lakh for the Luxury Line. The latter ups the styling a little and even gets 19-inch alloy wheels. Colour choices for the X3 include Mineral White, Sophisto Grey, Black Sapphire, and Phytonic Blue.
BMW India’s President, Vikram Pawah said, “BMW X3 established the premium mid-size sports activity vehicle segment in India and became a trailblazer with its modern character. The all-new BMW X3 is set to write the next chapter in its success story with an even more striking, dynamic design language, powerful yet efficient drive systems and luxurious equipment. Practical both on and off road, the all-new BMW X3 is fully equipped for the most diverse driving demands, combining everything you need for wherever your day takes you.”