Luxury car manufacturer BMW will likely launch the X3 SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) on June 23rd2011 in India.
The 2011 X3 had been caught testing in Chennai in January this year suggesting that an India launch could come soon. We expected the price of the X3’s base variant to be roughly Rs. 40 lakh although no official confirmations have been given. Related: New India bound BMW X3 spied testing
The new X3 has flared fenders, a trademark BMW kidney grille, sharp-looking headlamps and a slightly raised rear. The bulky wheel arches, dynamic contours on the bonnet and aerodynamic lines on the SAV’s sides give the new X3, a perfect blend of urban elegance as well as robust agility.
The new X3 measures 4,648 mm in length, 1,881 mm in width and 1,661 mm in height. When compared to the current model, the new X3 is 12 mm taller, 83 mm longer, 28 mm wider and is raised by 12 mm (ground clearance). With the increase in size, the X3 would offer more boot space as against the present model. Also read: 2011 BMW X3 to launch in India
The interiors of the X3 have ‘Black Panel technology’ that is offered on the 7-Series and 5-Series sedan. The X3’s dashboard accentuates the car’s width as the instrument panel with its horizontally oriented design extends from the driver-side door to the front passenger door.
BMW X3 Engines
The new X3 will likely be powered by the same 2.0 litre diesel engine available on the present variant that produces 177 bhp of power and 350 Nm of maximum torque. It will also sport the older models 2.5 litre petrol engine that produces 218 bhp of power and 250 Nm of maximum torque.
The new X3 will have the xDrive (all-wheel-drive) as a standard feature. This feature offers variable distribution of torque between front and rear axles making off-road drives more exciting. xDrive combines with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) that offers accurate steering feedback.
Further the electric power steering (EPS) offers precise handling. With regard to safety, the X3 will come with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Automatic Differential Brake (ADB-X) and Hill Descent Control.
The new BMW X3 will take on the likes of Audi’s Q5, Mercedes-Benz’s GL-Class, Volvo’s XC60, Toyota’s Landcruiser Prado and Mitsubishi’s Montero.
BMW aims at becoming the No.1 luxury car maker in India for the third time in a row. The company will be launching new models aggressively and will also increase its dealership network.