New generation BMW X3 has an evolutionary exterior and is nearly 55 kilos lighter than the outgoing model
The third-gen X3 SUV comes with an evolved exterior compared to the outgoing SUV rather than a complete overhaul. BMW took the opportunity at the 2018 Auto Expo in February to unveil the new model and it received appreciable attention among show-goers.
Since the X3 is one of the popular sellers for the German brand in the domestic market, it has received quite a number of changes. Here is everything you need to know about the new 2018 BMW X3:
2018 BMW X3 Price
|2018 BMW X3 India Price||Rs. 49,99,000 for Expedition trim and Rs. 56,70,000 for Luxury Line|
It has now entered the domestic market officially priced at Rs. 49,99,000 for the xDrive 20d Expedition and Rs. 56,70,000 for the xDrive 20d Luxury Line (both prices, ex-showroom pan India).
2018 BMW X3 Rivals
The new version of the popular SUV continues to compete against the likes of Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and Mercedes-Ben GLC.
The new BMW X3 has a well thought exterior with the presence of signature kidney grille sitting in between the adaptive LED headlamps that have become sleeker. An overview caters a more curvy bodywork as the roofline bends to the rear. Topping it is the traditional shark fin antenna as the rear winds down to the glass frame before becoming upright to complete the bumper with a mono exhaust system placed on either side of the diffuser assembly.
The other obvious changes are roof-mounted spoiler and the panoramic glass sunroof. There is an air flap control for enhanced aerodynamic efficiency while the LED rear tail lamps and LED fog lamps are other important cosmetic bits. The new generation model rides on the brand’s flexible CLAR architecture with lightweight construction. Thus, the new X3 is lighter by nearly 55 kg and more fuel efficient than its predecessor.
Initially expected to be revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the BMW X3 had taken time till until last year to show up in the global scenes. The international engine options comprise of the 2.0-litre four-pod petrol and diesel mills, a plug-in hybrid and a performance-based 3.0-litre turbo six-cylinder unit delivering over 360 horses.
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2018 BMW X3 Colours
The new BMW X3 is sold in four metallic paint jobs namely Mineral White, Sophisto Grey, Black Sapphire and Phytonic Blue.
2018 BMW X3 Engine, Specs, Mileage
|Engine||2.0-litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo diesel|
|Power||188 bhp at 4,000 rpm|
|Torque||400 Nm at 1,750-2,500 rpm|
|Transmission||eight-speed Steptronic automatic|
|Drive Modes||Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+|
It uses the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine which 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 Steptronic automatic transmission and there are driving modes like Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+.
BMW claims the X3 can do zero to 100 kmph in eight seconds. It is expected to be accompanied by a 3.0-litre petrol with 252 PS and 350 Nm only at a later time. The number of driver aids includes Adaptive Suspension, Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descend Control and electronically controlled Automatic Differential Brakes/Locks.
2018 BMW X3 Interior and Features
The heavily updated interior will feature 12.3-inch virtual cockpit, 10.2-inch iDrive touchscreen infotainment system, full colour head-up display, three-zone automatic climate control, revised instrument panel, etc.
The top-spec Luxury Line comprises of dual-tone underbody protection in frozen grey matt with chrome trim, chrome radiator grille bars, chromed air breather, leather upholstery in Vernasca, Sensatec covered instrument panel with contrast stitches, Fine wood trim and 19-inch light alloy wheels.
The ambient lighting has six dimmable light designs while the luggage compartment that holds 550 litres can be expanded to 1,600 litres due to 40:20:40 split including through loading system. The heavily updated X3 features BMW Display Key that keeps owners in contact with the SUV all the time.
Other distinctive equipment include Welcome Light Carpet, Rear View Camera with Park Assist, Wireless Charging, BMW ConnectedDrive with BMW Apps, 600 W audio from Harman Kardon, Apple CarPlay connectivity, Bluetooth and USB provision, etc.
2018 BMW X3 Safety Features
The notable safety features provided are six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control, Cornering Brake Control, electric parking brake with auto hold, electronic vehicle immobilizer, ISOFIX child seat mounts, emergency spare wheel and Attentiveness Assistance.