2018 BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport features sporty exterior and interior changes compared to the Expedition variant; powertrain remains the same
BMW has silently introduced the xDrive20d M Sport version of the X3 SUV in the domestic market for a price of Rs. 54 lakh. It is now only the second and most expensive variant in the lineup as the other one being the xDrive20d Expedition priced at Rs. 49.10 lakh (both prices ex-showroom. pan India).
To differentiate the M Sport from the Expedition trim, the German luxury brand has added several new features on the inside as well as out. It has been made available in four different colour schemes namely Alpine White, Carbon Black, Melbourne Red and Space Grey.
On the outside, the X3 M Sport gets unique with the inclusion of M Sport badges on the front fenders alongside M door sills and an M aerodynamic kit accentuating the aggressive and sporty character of the popular SUV. It also runs on 18-inch alloy wheels with an appealing rim design.
BMW has implanted interior changes as well over the Expedition trim as the M Sport range-topping model comes adorned with an 8.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system as opposed to 6.4-inch unit with 20 gigs of internal storage, sports seats up front and rear finished in either Nevada Beige or Mocha leather upholstery, 205 watts nine-speaker audio system, storage compartment package, M Sport steering wheel, headliner finished in anthracite and Navigation system Professional with 3D maps as standard fitment.
The significant safety features are multiple airbags, Dynamic Damper Control, dynamic braking for individual wheels, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with BA (Brake Assist), run flat tyres, active front seat headrests, cornering brake control, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), traction control, crash sensor with dynamic braking lights and ISOFIX child seats among others.
The BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport uses the same powertrain as in the Expedition model. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 188 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of peak torque delivered between 1,750 rpm and 2,500 rpm. Power is transferred to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Also present are the four driving modes that alter the riding dynamics of the X3. They are Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+.