The rival to the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Audi Q5, and Volvo XC60 is here. The BMW X3 facelift packs an impressive amount of bells and whistles but will be available in the petrol guise only, for now.
The BMW X3 facelift has been launched in India and is being offered in two variants. The changes include an updated exterior and tweaks to the interior and powertrain options. Following are the ex-showroom prices of the updated BMW X3:
BMW X3 xDrive 30i SportX Plus: Rs 59,90,000 (ex-showroom)
BMW X3 xDrive 30i M Sport: Rs 65,90,000 (ex-showroom)
The new updated SUV misses out on diesel powerplant and only features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. The power output of both petrol variants is 248bhp at 5,200rpm. The peak torque of 350Nm is delivered between 1,450 and 4,800rpm. The power is forwarded to all the wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
BMW has confirmed that the diesel variant will be launched at a later date. The 2.0-litre diesel variant of the BMW X3 facelift is likely to make a comeback by Q2 of 2022. There are good odds that the M Sport variant of the BMW X3 facelift diesel could feature a 3.0-litre straight-six engine.
The new X3 in the M Sport variant gets more sporty bumpers on both ends, gloss black roof rails, and 19-inch light-weight 887 M Y-Spoke alloy wheels. The M Sport variant gets a Harman and Kardon Surround sound system and 360-degree surround-view cameras, while the SportX Plus variant misses out on the aforementioned features.
The SportX Plus variant also misses out on the dynamic suspension system and variable torque split system – for these features you will have to opt for the M Sport variant.
The M Sport variant also features BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional; however, the SportX Plus variant of the X3 gets the standards BMW Live Cockpit.
Despite packing these features, the BMW X3 M Sport is only Rs 6 lakh more expensive than the base variant. For now, the more premium BMW X3 xDrive 30i M Sport variant seems to be the more value-for-money option of the two. That being said, these prices are introductory and could see an upward revision by the end of this quarter.