One of Germany's 'Big-3' car makers, BMW has officially rolled out a new variant of its best-selling SUV series, X3 in the Indian auto market. This latest version is now the top end trim in its line-up owing to its advanced features and equipments. This new trim is christened as X3 xDrive30d M Sport and it is equipped with a 3.0-litre six cylinder diesel engine under the hood. The company is also offering it with launch control function that assist the driver with just a touch of a button. This new trim is not just about breathtaking performance, but also about style and technology. It gets an exclusive M Sport package that includes aspects like BMW individual headliner anthracite, high-gloss shadow line, M aerodynamic package and door sill finisher. It also has comfort aspects like sports seats for driver and front passenger. As for the equipments, it gets the advanced iDrive touch controller with handwriting recognition technology along with navigation with 3D maps. By introducing this latest variant, the total number of variants in X3 series has gone up to three. The base and mid range trims are powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1995cc. This motor is coupled with an eight speed steptronic automatic transmission gear box featuring automatic hold function. One of its main feature is the xDrive intelligent 4WD system with variable torque split and hill descent control. It also has servotronic assistance at all speed ranges, which adds to the advantage.
In terms of interiors, both the Expedition and xLine variants gets a high gloss finish for its central console along with slightly tweaked cup holders. In addition to these, this model series is blessed with new seat upholstery, which gives a refined look to the interiors. It also has ConnectDrive aspects featuring Apps, Bluetooth with video streaming and high resolution touchscreen display. Both the variants in this series have been blessed with a slew of advanced features including a two zone automatic air conditioning system and park distance control. This model series is also incorporated with driving experience control function that has three drive modes like ECOPRO, Comfort and Sport. While the top end variant also has 'Sport+' mode, which further improves the driving experience. As far as its safety features are concerned, this model series gets aspects including active head restraints, airbags, 3-point seat belts and electronic vehicle immobilizer. This SUV is competing against the likes of Audi Q5, Mercedes Benz ML Class and Volvo XC60 in its segment.
The manufacturer has introduced a new variant in the existing X3 model series that looks a bit different from other trims. The reason is because of the exclusive M Sport package that makes it even sportier than others. This package includes the company's signature individual headliner anthracite that distinguishes it from other trims. Front front facade gets the M Aerodynamics package that adds dynamic appeal to the vehicle. Furthermore, this trim also gets the exclusive M badge on left and right wings with chrome treatment. Apart from this, all the other aspects looks to be the same like other existing variants. It has the signature kidney bean shaped radiator grille, which is common in any other vehicle of the company. The headlight cluster looks sleek and is housed with bi-xenon headlamps with four LED DRLs. Its rear facet too gets LED brake lights, which gives it a dazzling look. Both the front and rear bumpers have a rugged design featuring bigger air intakes, which adds to its masculine appeal. Beside this, the company's logo at front and rear compliments the elegance of this SUV.
The company has given it a standard dimensions, which can easily accommodate five passengers with ease. It has an overall length of 4657mm along with a decent height of 1678mm that ensures enough headroom for all passengers. However, its overall width is 2089mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors. While its ground clearance is about 212mm that is quite good for dealing with terrains. It has a large wheelbase of 2810mm that offers a spacious cabin inside.
The Interior design of this SUV looks quite attractive wherein, each variant has its own package that distinguishes them from the others. However, all these variants have one thing in common is that they have pearl chrome accents and instrument cluster with high gloss black finish. The Expedition variant gets the Sensatec beige colored upholstery, while the mid range xLine trim gets leather Nevada upholstery, which is available in different color schemes. On the other hand, the newly introduced M Sport version is blessed with premium upholstery that comes with a combination of cloth leather. The space inside the cabin is exceptionally good, as it can provide comfortable seating for five occupants. The cockpit section has individual seats with electrical adjustable function. While the second row gets bench seats featuring adjustable head restraints. They can be folded for improving the boot storage capacity further.
The company has bestowed this vehicle with a lot of sophisticated features, which gives the occupants a comfortable driving experience. Both these variants have been incorporated with a 2-Zone automatic air conditioning system including active carbon microfilter and rear air con vents, which keeps the ambiance pleasant. It is blessed with an advanced features, which is known as ConnectDrive. It is equipped with a lot of advanced features. The list includes apps, Bluetooth with handsfree and USB interface, extended Bluetooth with audio streaming, voice control, office functions and contact photo display. It also supports HiFi loudspeaker system with nine speaker that enhances the ambiance of its cabin. Then it also has an iDrive with 16.5cm touchscreen display, which supports DVD player, integrated hard drive for maps and audio files. It has a rear view camera along with display on central console, which makes the parking quite easy. It has an advanced cruise control system along with braking function, which maintains a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. Not to forget, its Driving Experience control is the most advanced feature that provides desired driving style with the help of ECOPRO, Comfort and Sport modes. In addition to these, it is equipped with a lots of features including adjustable steering column, all four power windows with one touch operation, electrically adjustable outside mirrors featuring anti dazzling function along with memory and automatic headlamps. Furthermore, it has rear center armrest with two cup holders, inside rear view mirror with automatic anti-dazzling function, storage compartment package and push button engine start and stop function. Apart from these, it also has sophisticated feature like a panoramic glass roof, which adds to the plushness of its interiors.
This vehicle has a huge cabin space inside that can host at least five passengers along with luggage. Its cockpit section has a total headroom of 1033mm along with 1483mm of wide shoulder space. While the rear cabin gets 994mm of head space and 1458mm of total shoulder space, which is quite good. There is a 550 litre boot storage available, which can be extended up to 1600 litres by folding the rear seat in the desired split ratio. On the other hand, this vehicle is fitted with massive fuel tank that has 67 litres, which is good enough for planning longer journeys.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
The variants with 1995cc engine are mated with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission gearbox. It enables the vehicle to zoom towards a top speed of 210 Kmph, while taking only about 8.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph mark. On the other hand, the 3.0-litre mill powers the vehicle to reach a top speed of approximately 230 Kmph. In the meantime, it can accelerate towards 100 Kmph mark from a standstill in just 5.9 seconds.
Engine and Performance
The base and mid range variants are fitted with a powerful 2.0-litre, in-line diesel engine that comes with a displacement capacity of 1995cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves, which is based on DOHC valve configuration. It is incorporated with a high pressure common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. The car maker has also installed the a twin-power turbocharger, which helps this motor to unleash a maximum power of 190bhp at 4000rpm and generates a commanding torque output of 400Nm between 1750 to 2750rpm. This refined diesel engine is paired with an advanced 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission gearbox. On the other hand, the top end trim gets a 3.0-litre diesel engine that has six cylinders and displaces 2993cc. This turbocharged engine has the ability to churn out 258bhp at 4000rpm along with a maximum torque of 560Nm between 1500 to 3000rpm. This mill is mated to an 8-speed Sport automatic transmission gearbox.
This SUV is now available with two diesel engine options. The existing variants are available with a 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is capable of delivering a maximum mileage of 18.56 Kmpl. On the other hand, its new trim houses a 3.0-litre engine that can give away 16.55 Kmpl.
Power of BMW X3
Its 4 cylinder engine has the ability to generates a maximum power of 190bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 400Nm. While the new V6 diesel mill has twin-power turbocharger for producing mammoth power. It unleashes a maximum of 258bhp along with a hammering torque of 560Nm.
Stereo & Accessories
The car manufacturer has blessed this SUV with an advanced ConnecDrive feature that includes an iDrive system featuring 16.5cm color display. It features a lot of direct menu control buttons for convenience. This multimedia unit supports USB port, Aux-in interface and supports Bluetooth connectivity for handsfree operation and audio streaming. In addition to these, its mid and base variants are loaded with a 205 Watt, HiFi loudspeaker system, which delivers high definition sound and keeps the occupants entertained. On the other hand, its new variant gets an iDrive touch with handwriting recognition system. This trim also has a 25.9cm color display that supports navigation system using 3D maps. Furthermore, it also has a DVD player and an integrated hard drive for audio files and maps.
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Braking & Handling
The German automaker has never compromised on the braking mechanism of any model including this SUV. All its four wheels have been fitted with set of internally vented disc brakes, which are further loaded with superior brake calipers for enhancing its performance. It also has an advanced anti lock braking system and brake assist that works in collaboration with cornering brake control to keep the vehicle stable. In addition to these, this vehicle is also blessed with dynamic stability control including traction control, which reduces the loss of traction. As far as its suspension is concerned, both the front and rear axles are coupled with dynamic damper control with infinite and independent damping function. At the same time, it has an electromechanical steering system featuring Servotronic assistance that activates only when needed and helps in improving the efficiency. This height adjustable steering wheel is speed sensitive and makes it easy to maneuver even in city traffic conditions.
Safety & Security
This model series is incorporated with several sophisticated features that safeguard the vehicle and its occupants. Its cabin is equipped with active head restraints along with six airbags, which minimizes the damage caused in case of any collision. There are three point seat belts given to all seats with pyrotechnic belt tensioner and load limiter facility. It also has seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. The car maker has given it a rigid body structure with crumple zones and impact beams that reduces the impact of collision. Other features include anti lock braking system with brake assist, cornering brake control, electric parking brake with auto hold and hill descent control. In addition to these, it comes integrated with first aid kit including warning triangle, three point seat belts featuring belt tensioner including force limiter, runflat tyres with reinforced side walls and ISOFIX child seat mounting. Apart from these, it is also integrated with electronic vehicle immobilizer for preventing the vehicle from unauthorized entry, which includes a crash sensor.
The wheel arches of its Expedition variant are being offered with a set of newly designed Y-spoke, 17-inch stylish alloy wheels, which are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 225/60 R17. While the top end variant gets a set of stylish 18-inch alloy wheels. These rims are covered with 245/50 R18 sized radial tubeless tyres, which are capable of dealing with terrains and rugged roads. The company has also given it a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard features in both variants.
1. Performance control function improves its efficiency.
2. High ground clearance allows it to deal with any road conditions.
3. Engine performance and fuel efficiency is improved.
4. Interiors are quite roomy with a lot of leg and head room.
5. Updated cosmetics provides a dynamic appearance to the exteriors.
1. Authorized dealer network needs to increase.
2. Lack of navigation system is a big drawback.
3. High cost of maintenance and spare parts.
4. There is no HiFi loudspeaker system in Expedition trim.
5. Panoramic glass roof can be offered as standard to all the variants.
BMW X3 price
|xDrive20d Expedition |
|47,50,000 ||47,50,000 ||50,36,985 ||47,50,000 ||47,50,000 ||47,50,000 ||47,50,000
|xDrive20d xLine |
|53,90,000 ||53,90,000 ||57,15,652 ||53,90,000 ||53,90,000 ||53,90,000 ||53,90,000
|xDrive30d M Sport |
|60,50,000 ||60,50,000 ||64,15,527 ||60,50,000 ||60,50,000 ||60,50,000 ||60,50,000