BMW has launched a new variant in the X3 line-up – the 20d M Sport – for Rs 69.90 lakh (ex-showroom). This makes it Rs 2.6 lakh more expensive than the existing 20d Luxury edition. Along with introducing a new variant, BMW has discontinued the petrol-powered X3 entirely. BMW also recently rejigged the variants of the 5 Series sedan and discontinued the 630d variant from the 6 Series line-up.
- The M Sport gets aggressively styled exterior
- 20d M Sport powered by a 190hp engine
BMW X3 20d M Sport: styling and features
Compared to the X3 20d Luxury edition, the M Sport gets a more aggressively styled exterior with sportier front and rear bumpers, blacked-out frame around the windows, blacked-out roof rail and diffuser, and 20-inch alloys with blue brake calipers. On the inside, the changes are limited to brushed aluminium trim and M-spec leather steering wheel. As far as the equipment goes, the X3 20d M Sport gets features like a 12.3-inch touchscreen, 360-degree camera, Harman Kardon sound system, heads-up display and ambient lighting.
There is no change as far as the powertrain goes, with the X3 20d M Sport continuing to be powered by a 190hp, 400Nm, 2.0-litre diesel engine paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox driving all four wheels.
BMW X3 petrol variants discontinued
The X3 was previously also available with a 252hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW has now discontinued this engine from its line-up, making the X3 a diesel-only SUV. This makes the X3 the only SUV in its class to not offer a petrol engine.
BMW X3 20d M Sport: rivals
The X3 takes on midsize luxury SUVs like the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Volvo XC60, Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Lexus NX. Out of these, the Audi, Mercedes and Volvo are offered only with a petrol powertrain, while the Lexus NX comes with a strong-hybrid powertrain. The Discovery Sport is the only SUV that gets a diesel, so the X3 20d M Sport directly competes with the Discovery Sport Diesel R-Dynamic SE.
Upcoming BMW launches in India
In May, BMW is set to launch the new-generation M2 coupe, which will be the first BMW to be offered with a manual transmission in India. The same month, the carmaker will also introduce the facelifted Z4 convertible, and in August, we will see the facelifted X5 SUV.
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