BMW has just launched the revitalized the X3 in India, at a starting price of Rs. 44.9 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi for the Expedition model and Rs. 49.9 for the xLine. Locally manufactured at BMW’s plant in Chennai, the X3 has a very distinct character, although the family resemblance to the rest of the BMW line cannot be ignored. The twin-circular lights with daytime running light (DRL) rings, the famous kidney grille and the long bonnet are typical trademarks of this Bavarian brute.
The X3 also comes with some excellent cabin space inside, and offers great flexibility between luggage stowage and passenger capacity. Other key points include high gloss black panels inside and wood paneling in other places with a generous smattering of chrome give the vehicle a very upmarket look. The Panorama glass sunroof opens up a whole new world when you glance up – though in our peak summers you are better off keeping it closed!
The engine specs have been revised as well, and the X3 gets a new version of the 2.0-litre aluminium powerplant with twin turbos. Pressure on the common rail has gone up, and the new engine produces 190bhp, up from 177 of the previous generation. Torque also increases to 400Nm, which means that the X3 will hit the ton in 8.1 seconds and continue onto 210kmph. The transmission now gets 8 speeds, and cruise control is now standard. Naturally, the driver now gets the same driving program selection like the other BMWs, so he can choose between ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport modes. For your money, you also get Brake Energy Regeneration, and an Auto Start-Stop mode.
German manufacturers are not known to skip on safety, and the new X3 comes loaded crumple zones, energy-absorbing bumpers, restraint systems and upto 8 airbags for maximum safety. All technologies like anti-lock braking (ABS), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), advance Electronic Stability Programmes (ESP) come as standard. BMWs are some of the safest cars on Indian roads today.
At the launch, Philip Von Sahr, President BMW Group India said “the X3 makes a perfect weekday/weekend vehicle – both for self use as well as family chores. It's sporting, dynamic and athletic, which are all the combinations one is looking for in a vehicle in this segment.” BMW originally pioneered this segment in India, and von Sahr has his finger crossed that the intelligent pricing of the X3 will keep the order books running.
Next, have a look at the BMW X3 variants -
X3 xDrive 20d Expedition - Rs. 44.90 Lakh
X3 xDrive 20d xLine - Rs 49.90 Lakh (both Ex-Showroom, India)