BMW India recently launched the 2018 version of the X3 for the Indian market. The X3, currently in its third-generation has been launched in two variants. They are namely the xDrive 20d Expedition and the xDrive 20d Luxury Line.
This SUV will be based on BMW’s newly developed CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform. The same platform is seen on the 7-series luxury sedan here and has reportedly helped BMW reduce the weight of the car by 55 kgs. BMW has changed some bits from the previous X3 and has made the current model look attractive.
On the exterior, we can see a bigger grille and new fog lamps at the front. On the rear, there is a new tail-lamp design, getting an automatic tailgate. There is a sloping roof-line which gives the X3 a more streamlined design than the previous car.
The interiors have also been changed to keep up with the competition, the highlight being the 10.2 inch floating-type touchscreen infotainment system. This replaces the earlier one present on the dashboard. Other features do include a sunroof, 8 airbags and a 3-zone climate control.
As far as the engine is concerned, the X3 employs a 2.0-litre diesel unit only. This twin-turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine is capable of producing 190 BHP of power and 400 Nm of torque. It comes mated to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission, giving power to all four wheels.
Prices for the car start at Rs.49.99 lakhs and Rs.56.70 lakhs (ex-showroom) for the Expedition and Luxury Line variants respectively. The X3 will rival the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5, Lexus NX, Volvo XC60 and the Jaguar F-Pace. With the 2018 X3, BMW will have its task cut out in a fiercely competitive segment.
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