BMW to launch X3 SUV on August 25

According to dealers CarToq spoke to, the launch of the BMW X3 will happen on August 25th and pre-booking orders for the SUV are already being accepted.

The booking amount for the X3 SUV is Rs. 45,000 – Rs. 50,000 and the expected price of the vehicle is around Rs. 40 lakh. Here is what you can expect in the new X3.

Exterior changes

The new X3 has grown in length by 83 mm in width by 28 mm and has also grown taller by 12 mm when compared to the outgoing X3. The new X3 will have a more modern appearance, especially when viewed from the sides; this is because of the relatively flat front as opposed to the slightly raised rear.

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Photo: The BMW X3 can now be booked for Rs. 45,000-Rs. 50,000

The brawny SUV has enough muscle in the form of large and prominent wheel arches and T-shaped tail lights that accentuate the X3’s width. The sharp aerodynamic lines and curves on the SUV’s body make it look elegant yet buffed up.

Interior changes

The new X3’s interiors will be refurbished. The Black panel technology that BMW had incorporated in its high-end luxury sedans such as the 7-series and 5-series will now be inherited by the X3 as well.

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Photo: The BMW X3 will now come with Black panel technology

The ‘head-up display’, optional 8.8 inch navigation system and driver-oriented dashboard layout will be few highlights of the upcoming SAV.

Engine

As expected, the new X3 will be made available in two diesel variants powered by 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre diesel engines. The engines could be mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The 2.0 litre diesel motor produces 184 bhp of maximum power and 380 Nm of maximum torque while the 3.0 litre diesel power plant produces 258 bhp of maximum power and 560 Nm of maximum torque.

The 3.0 litre engine can accelerate the X3 from 0 to 100 kmph in 8.5 seconds while achieving a top speed of 210 kmph.

Safety features

In terms of safety features the new X3 will include Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Automatic Differential Brake (ADB-X) and Hill Descent Control.

Like all BMW SUV’s the new X3 will come with xDrive technology that features variable distribution of torque between front and rear axles. The xDrive functions along with the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and electronic power steering (EPS) and hence, expect the new X3 to have superior road manners.

Price & competition

The new BMW X3 will compete with the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Volvo XC60, Toyota Land cruiser Prado and the Mitsubishi Montero. The new X3 could be priced in the Rs. 38 – 44 lakh range.

So far, BMW has been selling the X3 as a CBU unit, but now, the new X3, being a CKD product, could help the German luxury brand price the vehicle competitively.  Read more: BMW X3 to launch in India soon