It would be easy to concentrate on the upcoming new addition to the BMW X Series lineup, the X2, but there's an all-new version of the highly regarded BMW X3 landing with us before that anytime now. The BMW luxury compact SUV has already sold more than 1.5 million units and that success looks sure to continue with the arrival of the all-new model. So, let's take a look at what we can expect from the new X3.
It's always a cliché to say the styling of a new version of an existing model is an evolution rather than a revolution, but that's exactly how it is with the new version of the compact X3 5-door SUV. The X3 does have a slightly more expressive look now though, which is partly thanks to a slightly longer wheelbase than before. But it's also due to a more striking profile with a long bonnet, a tapering roofline, and a beltline that rises to the rear of the C-pillar, a little like the original 2004 version of the X3. The front now gets sizable air intakes that have been mounted low in the fascia, the headlights that have been pushed to the edges of the front wings, and BMW signature kidney grille now has shutters to help reduce aerodynamic drag.
At the initial launch, the X3 range will be made up of the xDrive20d with a four-cylinder diesel engine under the bonnet, and the xDrive30d with a straight-six diesel engine powering it. These two will soon be joined by the xDrive20i petrol, and the range-topping petrol model everyone will want to get to grips with, the BMW X3 M40i. All of them are derived from the latest generation of BMW engines and are even more efficient in their operation than the models they have replaced. Additional enhancements have also been made to the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, as well as the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, for greater efficiency.
The four-cylinder diesel boasts 190 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque, while the larger 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel ups that to 265 horsepower and a huge 620 Nm of torque. Finally, the 3.0-litre straight-six in the M40i puts an impressive 360 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque at your disposal.
The new X3 will feature all BMW's current driver assistance and semi-automated driving features to make this the most technologically advanced X3 ever. These will include Active Cruise Control, Lane Change Assistant and Lane Keeping Assistant, Priority warning, Wrong-way warning and Crossing traffic warning systems. There will even be an optional Head-Up Display unit, which allows the most important driving-related information to be projected directly into the driver’s field of vision. Another very unique feature the new X3 can boast over and above its rivals is a Remote 3D View function, which is for beaming a three-dimensional view of the car’s immediate surroundings directly to a smartphone.
Comfort and luxury
A tri-zone automatic climate control is now part of the X3's standard equipment, and both of those in the front seats will be able to enjoy optional perforated leather climate seats. As well as heating the seats for cold days, they will also offer active seat ventilation to provide extra comfort by cooling when things get warmer. The BMW Display Key already found on the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series will also be an available option for the new X3. The Display Key offers a number of extra features, such as informing the driver of current fuel levels and any service or maintenance work that might be due, and informing them if the windows and sunroof have been left open. The key can also be used to activate and deactivate the optional auxiliary heating system.
For more information about the sensational all-new BMW X3 and to get to the front of the queue for a test drive, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us right now here at Kearys BMW.