BMW has launched its new third-generation X3 SUV. The prices for the BMW X3 starts at Rs 49.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Presently, the new X3 is only offered with a diesel engine but a petrol engine will be introduced later on. There are two variants to choose from- xDrive 20d Expedition and xDrive Luxury Line.
Looks and Dimension
The design of the X3 is heavily tweaked to look more upmarket. At the front, the kidney grille is now larger and complementing it are the new headlights. The front bumper is muscular and comes with straight foglamps instead of round one in the outgoing model. In the rear, the new X3 has also been retouched with new bumper, larger LED taillamps, a sloping roofline and with a bigger spoiler.
The new BMW X3 has grown in size too and offers improved space for the front and rear passengers. The wheelbase is increased by 55mm. The standard rim size is increased to 18-inch from 17-inch. Moreover, the rims can also be upgraded to 21-inch.
For now, there is only one 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine available with the X3. This is the same four-cylinder workhorse engine that can be found under 3-series and 5-series. Now talking of numbers, the BMW X3 with this 20d engine makes 190 PS of power and 400 Nm of peak torque. Mated to this engine is an 8-Speed steptronic automatic gearbox. This setup is good enough to propel the car from 0 to 100 kph in just 8 seconds. (BMW Updated its petrol engine to BSVI norms)
The cabin of the outgoing X3 was a critical area that felt outdated compared to its competition. Not anymore because the new X3 gets a complete interior overhaul. The dashboard and seats are new. Also, the infotainment unit is now larger and also gets gesture control. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a standard feature along with ambient lighting. Some other new features include a rear camera with park assist, smartphone holder on the centre console, wireless charger for phone and BMW Display key.
In terms of safety, the new X3 is highly kitted out. The standard safety features include six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control, attentiveness assistance, cornering braking, side impact protection, crash sensor, ISOFIX child seat mounts, and electric parking brake with an auto hold function.