BMW has launched the X3 xDrive 20d M Sport at Rs 69.90 lakh (ex-showroom). It is a new model in its X3 lineup and fetches a premium of Rs 2.60 lakh over the xDrive 20d Luxury Edition. Aside from the launch of a new version, the luxury carmaker has discontinued the petrol-powered X3 model. The new M Sport version features sportier front and rear bumpers, a blacked-out window frame, a blacked-out roof rail, a blacked-out diffuser, and 20-inch alloy wheels with blue brake calipers. The version is accessible with four colour choices: Mineral White, Phytonic Blue, Sophisto Grey Dazzling Effect, and Black Sapphire. Coming to the inside, the model comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, 360-degree camera, Harman Kardon sound system, heads-up display, ambient lighting, and more.
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On the mechanical front, there are no changes. The X3 20d M Sport version continues to draw power from the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 188bhp and 400Nm. Eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission is mated to this motor. The company's renowned xDrive all-wheel-drive system is also available. Earlier, the X3 was available with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW has removed this engine from its lineup, making the X3 a diesel-only SUV. Currently, the X3 is the only SUV in its class without a petrol engine.
In terms of market rivalry, the BMW X3 20d M Sport variant will go against the models like the Audi Q5, the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Volvo XC60, the Land Rover Discovery Sport, and the Lexus NX.
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In other news, the German manufacturer unveiled the BMW X5 M and the X6 M versions on a global scale. Also, the new BMW X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition are the first BMW M models to include mild hybrid technology. According to reports, the new BMW X5 will debut in the Indian market in August. Both the new X5 M and the X6 M Competition are powered by BMW's 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, which has a maximum output of 617bhp at 6,000rpm and a maximum torque of 750Nm between 1,800rpm and 5,800rpm. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes paired with the engine.
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