The BMW X3 has been one of the best-selling SUVs of BMW. Launched first time in 2003, over 1.5 million new X3s have been sold in these 14 years. In India, the BMW X3 has been a popular option for clients who wanted a Rs. 50 lakh BMW but wanted an SUV instead of the staple 3 Series. And now, BMW has revealed a new third gen X3 that is more efficient and larger and provides more tech than ever before. The new BMW will also get a set of three petrol and two diesel engines that have been highly updated.
In terms of exterior design, the BMW X3 is evolutionary in terms of overall look however does feature a lot of very obvious design changes. The headlamps and the grille are again separated from each other. The grille is now a lot larger as compared to older generation and new larger bumper gets bigger air intakes and a set of LED hexagonal fog lamps. The new X3 also gets full LED headlamps and fog lamps along with a set of full LED 3D tail lamps. The new X3 also gets a larger standard wheel size- 18 inches and the top spec model will come with a set of 21 inch wheels.
As far as interior changes are concerned, the new cabin is in line with the new design philosophy that has been seen on other cars also. The new X3 doesn’t have an inbuilt screen in the dashboard but one on the top instead with gesture control. The infotainment connectivity options include: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. It will also have optional gesture control. The new X3 will be more spacious with a lot more space for both front and rear passengers and more boot space. The new X3 will flaunt interior ambient lighting options along with a heads up display that has color readout instead of the typical monochrome setup. The new X3 will also let buyers choose acoustic glass to make SUV quieter as well as more comfortable.
The BMW X3 will get two standard diesel and petrol engines and an M-spec petrol engine. The BMW X3 xDrive30i makes 248 bhp while the X3 xDrive20i makes 181 bhp. The diesel engines on the other hand are the base BMW X3 xDrive20d that makes 188 bhp and the BMW X3 xDrive30d that makes 262 bhp. All engines are paired with BMW’s 8-speed ‘Steptronic’ transmission that has also been updated for the new car.
The X3 M40i will be able to go from 0-100 kmph in 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 250 kmph. The BMW X3 in India will compete with the Mercedes Benz GLC,the upcoming Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque.
It is expected to launch in India by mid of 2018 with a price range between Rs 50-60 lakh.