BMW X3 M40i launched at Rs 86.50 lakh

    Brought in as a CBU, the X3 M40i will be available in limited numbers in India.

    Published On May 11, 2023 01:18:00 PM


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    BMW has launched the X3 M40i at Rs 86.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India). It is the performance-oriented version of the X3 SUV and shares its powertrain with the BMW M340i sedan. Available in limited numbers, the X3 M40i is available in India as a completely built unit (CBU). Bookings for the X3 M40i are already underway for a token amount of Rs 5 lakh.

    1. BMW X3 M40i currently has no direct rivals in India
    2. Its 3.0-litre turbo-petrol engine produces 360hp, 500Nm
    3. X3 M40i gets two 12.3-inch displays

    BMW X3 M40i exterior

    The X3 M40i comes with the M Sport package as standard and gets M-specific kidney grilles, headlights, wing mirrors and tailpipes as well as dual-tone, 20-inch alloy wheels. The window surrounds, roof rails and slats on the kidney grille are finished in black along with red painted brake calipers. BMW is offering the X3 M40i in Brooklyn Grey and Black Sapphire colours. 

    BMW X3 M40i interior and features

    Inside, the X3 M40i gets an all-black treatment, while the standard X3 gets dual-tone treatment with beige or brown combined with black. As part of the M Sport package, the steering wheel gets M colour stitching and an M badge at the bottom, and M specific seat belts. The plaque in the centre console now has an M badge and replaces the X3 badge on the standard model.

    There's a 12.3-inch touchscreen that runs BMW’s iDrive 7 operating system along with a Harmon Kardon sound system. It also has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, triple-zone climate control, ambient lighting and a heads-up display.

    BMW X3 M40i powertrain

    The X3 M40i gets a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine producing 360hp, which is 14hp less than the M340i. However, the torque figure remains unchanged at 500Nm. Power is delivered to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. BMW claims the X3 M40i can sprint from 0-100kph in 4.9 seconds – 0.5 seconds slower than M340i – and its top speed is limited to 250kph.

    It also gets M-specific performance bits such as an adaptive suspension, variable sport steering, differential with performance control (differential locks) and M Sport brakes.

    BMW X3 M40i rivals

    The X3 M40i has no direct competition, but with respect to its performance, its closest rival is the Porsche Macan S with a 2.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 380hp and 520Nm. The Macan S does the 0-100kph run in 4.7 seconds (claimed) and has a top speed of 259kph. However, the Porsche is priced at Rs 1.43 crore, which is Rs 56.50 lakh more than the BMW.

    The standard X3 competes with the Audi Q5 (Rs 61.51 lakh-67.31 lakh) and the Volvo XC60 (Rs 67.50 lakh).

    *all prices ex-showroom

    Also see:

    Next-gen BMW 5 Series, all-new i5 global debut on May 24


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