The third-gen BMW X3 is based on an all-new lightweight platform and comes packed with new features and equipment.
After showcasing the new X3 at the Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year, BMW is all set to put the third-gen model of its mid-size luxury SUV on sale in the country. The company has officially announced that it’ll launch the new X3 in India on April 19, 2018.
The new X3 is based on BMW’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, meaning it’s now grown longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. Its wheelbase is also longer by over 50mm than the car it replaces. Thanks to the new platform, the X3 is now lighter by around 55 kilograms. The change in the underpinnings has also resulted in a sharper design. Though the overall styling is familiar, the X3 now looks more pleasing with new LED headlamps, new kidney grille, bigger 18-inch wheels (standard) and sharp creases on the bodywork. The rear-section is also all-new, featuring a slightly raked design and new LED tail-lamps.
Inside, the cabin layout has changed, but it still looks familiar. The design is more or less similar to other new-age BMW cars like the 5 Series. As a result, you get a new freestanding touchscreen infotainment screen along with an optional 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, heads-up display and many more features. The new X3 will also have a ‘digital’ key, which is already offered with the 5 and 7 Series models. That said, the X3 won’t have the remote parking feature.
Globally, the new X3 is offered with five engine options. In India though, BMW is expected to offer only two engine options – xDrive20d and xDrive30i, initially. The former is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel that is rated at 188bhp and 400Nm, whereas the petrol will feature a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit that develops 248bhp and 350Nm of torque. Both will come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive will be standard.
When launched, the BMW X3 will go after the usual suspects – the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLE and the Volvo XC60. In fact, if you want to know how the new X3 fares against the current segment favourite, the XC60, you might want to check our exclusive comparison story here – BMW X3 vs Volvo XC60