BMW is expected to launch the third-generation X3 in India on April 19, 2018. The rival to the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Volvo XC60 was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo in Delhi, this year.
The silhouette of the luxury SUV is very similar to the outgoing model. However, the rear now features differently designed ‘L-shaped’ tail-lamps, while the front sports a larger kidney grille and the headlamps are spaced further apart.
Thanks to the new underpinnings, the third-gen model possesses a significantly stiffer chassis and is about 55kg lighter than its predecessor. While it retains the same overall dimensions, the wheelbase on the new model is longer, which is expected to liberate more space inside.
Under the bonnet, the new model is expected to initially be offered with the 190hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel in the X3 xDrive20d – which is shared with the current model – and a 248hp, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol in the xDrive30i. A 265hp, 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel in the xDrive30d and a 360hp, 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol motor in the M40i (rivalling the Merc-AMG GLC 43 coupé in India on power and price) are expected to arrive at a later date, though there is no confirmation on the latter engine. All engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic, powering all-four wheels, as standard.
The technology in the cabin has been updated as well, with equipment taken off the new 5-series. This includes a touch-and-gesture-controlled iDrive infotainment system, a head-up display and 360-degree cameras. Adaptive dampers are also expected to be available.
Expect BMW to price the new X3 at a slight premium over the current model, which currently retails in a single top-spec xDrive20d M Sport trim at Rs 54 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
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