The X3 is one of the most prestigious models in the luxury German brand BMW’s portfolio since it made its debut in the year 2003. The X3 is basically a mid-sized sports utility vehicle which is built on the 3 series platform and shares some of its styling cues with the bigger X5, it is definitely not the most exciting and handsome looking midsized SUV that you will find on road neither it will attract instant attention but it has a good reputation of being a fuel efficient and sporty handling vehicle.
After the success of the first generation X3, BMW introduced the second generation in the year 2010 with premium quality interiors and an impressive interior room, though there has not been a huge change in its exterior styling which can be bit disappointing for many.
Now after almost 11 years the German luxury brand introduced a brand new X3 which too comes with many new and interesting features about which we will discuss a bit later in this review but first we must admit that this new X3 is definitely a huge improvement over its predecessor, it now has become even more fuel efficient and also emits less CO2 which will definitely make the environmentalist happy. BMW also introduced a new diesel engine which is not an oil burner but definitely is a nifty performer. The manufacturer also introduced a new variant which is not equipped with an all wheel drive so that the prices could be kept low and thus it could be introduced into new and unexplored markets.
Now we all know that the BMW products are the best drivable vehicles that you will find on road today, so does this new and improved X3 lives up to its reputation of providing an excellent ride and handling both on and off the tarmac while also cocooning its occupants inside with utmost luxury? Let’s find out.
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This is not exactly a new generation car so don’t expect a huge amount of change on its exterior still BMW has tried to make the X3 look more exclusive and premium and the changes you will notice are mostly towards the front and rear of the vehicle.
BMW has added a more stylish and aggressive looking front bumper which also has bigger air intakes and the beautifully carved round shaped headlamps too now stretches almost to the front kidney shaped BMW signature grille which too received some significant changes while the rest of the SUV still retains the same dynamic shape. The side profile too looks the same and has the same sporty stance and the flared wheel arches which might remind you of its predecessor although the newly designed alloy wheels helps in enhancing the overall look of the SUV. Walk towards the rear and you will find the same tail lights and the muscular looking tailgate.
Now if you ask me so what exactly are the changes I can tell you that there are very few but those few changes are very effective that transformed the overall appearance of the vehicle. The X3 now looks even more aggressive and premium especially if you consider its front face.
The X3 has always been known for its spacious and luxurious interior and thus the new X3 won’t disappoint you at all. The interior now looks even more exclusive and will definitely impress everyone with the new chrome inserts, a center console with optional automatic climate control system in high-gloss black-panel look, and new cupholders with a sliding cover the center console which helps in highlighting the car’s premium appearance even further.
The new X-line equipment package also gives the owner an option of choosing an automatic tailgate and a storage package which helps in further increasing the functionality of the SUV. The rest of the interior remains the same with premium quality materials and a host of new equipments and gadgets.
At present the X3 is available with two engine options in India the X drive 20d which has four cylinders, it generates about 184 Hp of maximum power at 4000 rpm and 380 Nm of torque between 1,750 – 2,750 rpm. Whereas the other engine is a more powerful straight six cylinder diesel engine which generates about 258 bhp of maximum power and 560 Nm of massive torque between 2,000-2,750 rpm. Both the engines has been mated to a 8 speed automatic transmission
BMW has introduced a completely new diesel unit with this new X3 which generates 190 hp of maximum power; the new engine has been tuned to deliver an impressive amount of fuel efficiency along with impressive performance.
As already mentioned above the X3 with its Efficient Dynamic package of technology which includes an auto Start Stop function, coasting function, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units makes this car more enjoyable and drivable.
BMW still has not declared the prices of the new X3 but we can surely tell you that the new X3 will be here in our Indian market by the end of the 2014.
The X3 definitely faces some tough competition from the Audi Q5
Although BMW has offered the X3 with only diesel engine option in our Indian market but its other German rival Audi has gone a step further and offered their SUV with both diesel and petrol engine options but we are comparing only the diesel engine variant of the Q5 with the X3 for your better understanding.
The Audi Q5 is available with a 1968cc 4-cyl inline turbo diesel engine generates 174bhp of maximum power at 1750-2500rpm and 38.7kgm at 1500-2500rpm. The bigger 2967cc V6 turbo diesel engine generates about 245bhp of maximum power at 4000-4500rpm and a maximum torque of 59 kgm at 1400-3250rpm. There is no doubt that the Q5 is also an impressive machine which also handles well and is a worthy competitor to the BMW X3.
The X3 is definitely a brilliant handling machine which will impress anyone who drives it. Now with the introduction of a new 2.0 liter diesel fuel efficient engine and a new trimmed down variant which comes without the all wheel drive system will surely attract attention of many. The exterior changes are striking specially the front face now looks even more premium and almost similar to the bigger X5. So with all the changes made on the X3 BMW surely will witness rise in its sales figures.