It’s being said that BMW India, the Indian subsidiary of the renowned Munich-based German car marque, will launch the new generation X3 on April 19. The latest generation X3 made its India debut at the Auto Expo 2018 last month. Once launched, the new car will go on to rival the likes of Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover Discovery Sport, and Volvo XC60. It is worth a mention here that the X3 has been among the highest-selling cars in the company’s lineup and the new model should help the manufacturer further consolidate its position in the luxury SUV market.
While the new-gen X3 continues to have a rather daunting stance and a high street presence, the design of the SUV (SAV in BMW speak) is entirely new. The front-end is characterized by a larger kidney grille while the rear-end gets completely different-looking taillamps. Even in the side profile, the X3 now looks like a slightly smaller X5, which is only a good thing. Moreover, the X3 gets entirely new underpinnings, which make the third-gen model benefit from a significantly stiffer chassis and weight savings of up to 55 KGs. While the overall dimensions don’t see much of a change, the new car enjoys a longer wheelbase, which, in turn, frees up some space on the inside.
Powering the new SUV should be a 2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-banger with a maximum power of 190 hp for the xDrive 20d. The xDrive 30i will likely get a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol motor with 248 bhp on the tap. The xDrive 30d will have a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine with 255 bhp of maximum power. Internationally, the new X3 also offers a 360hp, 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol motor for the M40i trim to rival the likes of Mercedes GLC43 AMG. All the engines come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. New features on offer include a touch-and-gesture-sensing iDrive infotainment unit, a head-up display (HUD), and 360-degree cameras.