Monday, May 23

BMW X3 facelift launched in India. Prices start at INR 59.90 lakh

BMW has launched the X3 facelift in India, with prices starting at INR 59.90 lakh. For now, the X3 has been made available solely with a petrol engine in the two trims – SportX and M Sport variants.

Starting with the exterior, the X3 gets a more prominent kidney grille flanked by new adaptive LED headlamps and a revised bumper lower down.

While the side profile of the SUV remains unchanged. Its now comes with a new 19-inch alloy wheels that stand out (those who pre-booked get larger 20-inch units). The rear is where the restyling has taken place. The rear end of the X3 now features slimmer LED taillamps with dark highlights along with two vents just underneath them. The aggressive and angular approach from the front of the vehicle has been carried till the back end as well and a new rear bumper with blacked-out diffuser along with dual rectangular exhaust tips can be seen.

Inside, the most notable change is the centre console, which is crowned by a new free-standing 12.35-inch touchscreen – the smaller 10.25-inches is now available on lower variants. The control surfaces lower down, too, have been revised, while the 12.3-inch digital instrument display has been updated with new graphics. Buyers have a choice of two variant – SportX Plus and M Sport.

On the equipment front, the updated X3 packs in some tech over the outgoing model and also gets adaptive LED headlamps as standard. The previously available 10.25-inch touchscreen is now relegated to the entry-level SportX trim, with the M Sport using the larger 12.35-inch unit replete with gesture control. Both systems also get BMW’s virtual assistant. The M Sport also gets a new 360-degree camera.

Other features on offer include three-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, hands-free parking, cruise control, adaptive suspension (M Sport only), 12.3-inch digital instrument screen (M Sport only) and a Harman Kardon Sound system (M Sport only).

 

While the pre-facelift SUV got both petrol and diesel engine options, this X3 for now is a petrol-only model. Powering the SUV is the familiar 2.0-litre turbo-petrol unit in the familiar 30i state of tune. The unit is good for 252hp and 350Nm and is paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard. All-wheel drive is also standard fit on both variants.

 

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