BMW has taken the curtains of the 2017 new third-generation X3 SUV, which would go on sale from November 11, 2017 with prices starting from £38,800 OTR (Around Rs. 38.13 Lakhs). It would be available in four grades: xDrive20i, xDrive20d, xDrive30d and M40i. The range-topping BMW X3 M40i will be the first M Performance model in this series. In addition, a plethora of Driver Assistance systems ensure it is one of the most advanced, as well as safest, cars in its class. The company has sold more than 1.5 million units of the SUV since its inception in 2003.
The exterior dimensions of the new BMW X3 are largely unchanged, save for the five-centimetre-longer wheelbase, long bonnet and short front overhang.The front fascia flaunts three-dimensional kidney grille and hexagonal LED fog lamps. Moving to the rear, the three-dimensional LED light clusters, downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust pipes further enhance the appearance. The three trim variants each have an individual appearance. The SE model features LED Headlights and taillights as standard, along with aluminium satinated roof rails and a new 18-inch wheel. The xLine model gets a satin/aluminium radiator grille, more rugged front and rear bumpers with silver metallic side sills along with 19-inch xLine specific wheels. As for the flagship M Sport model, it can be availed with optional blue-painted brake callipers, 19-inch wheel design and the optional exterior paint shade of Phytonic Blue.
Inside the cabin, there is the BMW X logo, which reoccurs frequently in different forms. For example, there is an embossed X in the electroplated accents in the front and rear doors and another on the B-pillars. As with the exterior, the three different trim levels each take a specific approach to the look and feel of the interior. The SE features Vernasca leather seats as standard, high gloss interior trim with pearl chrome highlights, sport steering wheel and interior ambient lighting. Customers can choose from six colour tones - Orange, Lilac, Mint, Bronze, Blue and White. The car has standard Business Navigation and Park Assist (including a rear parking camera). The xLine is pure and elegant, with sports seats finished in Vernasca leather. The M Sport gets a bespoke leather steering wheel, M-specific sports seats, anthracite-coloured BMW Individual headlining and new interior trim strips in Aluminium Rhombicle. This car model is also equipped as standard with the BMW Professional Navigation system with new 10.3-inch screen.
The 2017 BMW X3 would feature three-zone automatic climate control as standard. To further improve comfort in the rear compartment, the angle of the standard 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrests can be adjusted individually and through various stages thanks to the optional rear comfort seat. This feature also allows the backrests to be released remotely from the load compartment, which expands the standard load capacity of 550 litres to 1,600 litres. Both front passengers can now also settle into optional perforated leather climate seats, which, as well as heating for cold days, offer active seat ventilation to provide more comfort when the going gets hotter. Another option is a generously sized panoramic glass roof. The new BMW X3 can be locked and unlocked using the optional BMW Display Key found on the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series.
Mechanically, the 2017 X3 SUV would be available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The xDrive20d would have an unchanged power output of 190bhp, 400Nm of torque performance and 0-100kmph sprint time of 8.0 seconds, with a top speed of 212kmph. Speaking of the xDrive30d variant, it would be powered by the 3.0L 6-cylinder diesel engine with top power of 265bhp, while peak torque has been increased by 80Nm to 620Nm between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm. Zero to 100kmph takes just 5.8 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 240kmph. The top-end M40i would get power from a new M Performance 3.0L 6-cylinder petrol engine with top power of 360hp, an increase of 54bhp (18 percent) over the most powerful petrol variant in the current range. It would have a peak torque of 500 Nm, which is 100 Nm – or 25 percent – greater. It can sprint from zero to 100kmph in 4.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 250kmph. All the engine variants would be linked to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.