Hot on the heels of the recently launched X2, BMW unveils the third-generation compact SUV, the X3, which will be locally assembled.
Available in a single variant, BMW X3 xDrive30i Luxury, the new car boasts an ideal 50:50 weight distribution for better handling.
Although the exterior styling has been left largely untouched, the wheelbase is now 5cm longer with a longer bonnet and a shorter front overhang, for a more balanced aesthetic.
Like any BMW vehicle, performance remains a perpetual focus.
The BMW TwinPower Turbo 2.0 in-line four-cylinder petrol engine produces a maximum output of 252hp and 350Nm of torque.
It is capable of propelling the car from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.3 seconds. It tops out at 240km/h.
Thanks to its lighter weight and being more aerodynamic than its predecessor, the new X3 is more fuel efficient.
With an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, its driving dynamics belies its size.
You can select from Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ driving modes to suit your mood.
The Dynamic Stability Control delivers outputs to all four wheels for better stability, traction and driving dynamics.
When the terrain calls for it, the Hill Descent Control aids the vehicle in maintaining steady speeds as a safety feature as well as convenience.
A long journey will prove effortless as BMW offers leather upholstery, a Sensatec-covered instrument panel with contrast stitching and dark oak fine wood interior trim strips with accent strip in pearl chrome.
They are enhanced with padded side bolsters and an eye-catching shoulder section.
The dashboard is also set low to offer the distinctive “Command Position”, leaving the driver with a feeling of being in control with a good all-round vision.
A 10.25-inch Central Information Display is located above the instrument panel.
The car features a rear camera, with Park Distance Control which provides an acoustic and visual (distance only) warning of the obstacle behind the vehicle. To assist the driver further, the Parking Assistant aids with automatic parking into parallel and lateral parking spaces.
In terms of external colour offerings, the new BMW X3 comes with bold colours of Terra Brown, Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver and Alpine White.
On the interior, the Leather Vernasca Black is best paired with Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver and Terra Brown; whereas the Leather Vernasca Mokka is best paired with Alpine White and Black Sapphire.
There are also six ambient lighting tones (orange, lilac, mint, bronze, blue and white) with selectable contour and mood lighting to choose from.
For storage, the X3’s boot can be accessed wirelessly through the Comfort Access, while the storage space be expanded, from 550l to 1,600l, simply by folding the rear seats.
As a standard, the front LED headlights are complemented with low-beam and high-beam, side lights and cornering lights. It features a high-beam assistant, which automatically switches head lights to high beam when the need arises.
At the rear, the light clusters (whose three-dimensional look in full-LED guise give them significant visual impact), markedly downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes bring matters to a suitably muscular conclusion.
Other goodies are
- BMW five-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service programme
- BMW two-year/24-month tyre warranty program for its run flat tyre offering and services
- BMW roadside assistance and accident hotline
- The BMW Group Loyalty + Mobile App – BMW White Card
- BMW Service Online