Frankfurt Auto Show 2017: BMW showcases new-gen X3

Friday 15 September 2017, 16:32 PM by

The third generation BMW X3 made its public debut on the stage of the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Frankfurt Auto Show 2017: BMW showcases new-gen X3

The G01 X3 gets an evolutionary design with subtle cosmetic updates. So, the characteristic kidney grille is now bigger while the roofline has become higher at the back. The tail lights are more angular and wrap-around with new lighting signature. It is based on a newer platform, weighing 55 kilograms less than its predecessor. At 4.7-metres in length with a wheelbase of 2.8-metres, the new X3 also grows in dimensions. The 550-litre boot space can be expanded to 1600 litres by folding down the 40:20:40 rear seats.

On the inside, the subtle changes continues but the overall cabin carries forward the typical BMW style. What’s new is the floating display for the infotainment system which has now become wider and bigger. Ventilated front and rear seats are optional while dual zone climate control is now a standard feature.

Engine wise, the new X3 gets the usual range of diesel and petrol powertrains that was offered previously. So there is a 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engine. The latter is available in the xDrive 20i trim. There is a bigger 3.0-litre diesel as well which will be offered in the xDrive 30d trim. However, the biggest addition is an M-spec model which has been dubbed the M40i. It is offered with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol straight-six 360bhp/500Nm and has been mated to a M-spec eight-speed AT.

BMW will introduce the new generation X3 in India as well. It will take the CKD route to the country. We expect the crossover to be offered with diesel engine options and the xDrive 20i trim in India. The X3 goes up against the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q3 and the yet-to-be-launched Volvo XC40.

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