The 2022 BMW X3, which was launched last month, now gets a diesel motor. The diesel variant will be offered in only one trim, but we suspect, more powerful variants will follow soon.
BMW India launched the facelifted X3 last month at just under Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom). However, the German marque only introduced the premium mid-size SUV in the petrol variant, with a promise that the diesel variant will follow soon.
Now, BMW India has launched the facelifted X3 in the diesel iteration for Rs 65.50 lakh (ex-showroom). The SUV is offered in one single trim – the Luxury Edition.
The BMW X3 xDrive 30i SportX Plus and the xDrive 30i M Sport variant are currently limited to the petrol model. However, BMW could be cooking a more powerful diesel X3 for the Indian car market, which could get the brand’s 3.0-litre straight-six turbo-diesel motor.
Yes, the 286bhp 3.0-litre in-line diesel mill, which powers the 6 series GT (630d), could also power the X3, which will then be offered with the M Sport tag. However, let's put the speculations away for now and focus on the version currently offered.
The in-cabin features include three-zone climate control and a 360-degree camera. The 12.3-inch infotainment system features wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay, and the multimedia system is linked to a 16-speaker Harman Kardon setup.
The BMW X3 xDrive Luxury edition gets a 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is mated to an eight-speed auto. The SUV features an all-wheel-drive system as well. The power output is rated at 188bhp, which is delivered at 4,000rpm. The 400Nm of torque comes in between 1,750 and 2,500rpm.
With the diesel offering, BMW has strengthened the 2022 X3 position against its rivals, namely, the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Audi Q5, and Volvo XC60. That being said, the Q5 and the XC60 miss out on a diesel mill, which makes the GLC the only real rival to the X3.