BMW's latest in a line of X-series models, the new X3 has finally made it to Indian shores. Priced at Rs 41.2 lakh for the xDrive20d and Rs 47.9 lakh, ex-showroom, India, the new X3 replaces the previous model that was offered as the xDrive20d and xDrive25i.
The new X3, unlike the previous generation is assembled here in India. Larger on the outside and inside, the new X3 comes with features like a panoramic sunroof and Start-Stop as standard. Like the other BMW models, the new X3 has three suspension settings - Normal, Sport and Sport+. It also comes with Hill Start and Hill Descent as standard.
The new X3 is powered by a choice of two diesel motors - the 1995cc xDrive20d with 184 bhp of peak power and 38.5 kgm of peak torque and the 2993cc xDrive30d with 258 bhp and 56.8 kgm of peak torque. Acceleration times for both cars are 8.5 secs and 6.2 secs respectively.
Based on the 3 Series platform, the X3 has managed to improve space on the inside thanks to its larger dimensions. This has resulted in better legroom and kneeroom at the rear. A new iDrive system with a 6.5-inch screen and six functions is offered on the xDrive20d while an 8.5-inch with eight functions is offered on the xDrive30d.
Assembled at BMW's 11,000 unit a year plant in Chennai, the new X3 joins the X1, 3 Series and 5 Series as the only BMWs to be assembled in India. It will compete with the likes of the Audi Q5, Land Rover Freelander 2, Mitsubishi Montero and Volvo XC60.