The facelifted BMW X3 has made its way to India, and is available in two variants: SportX and M Sport, with a diesel variant on the way in the near future. The changes to the car are many, though the basic structure of the popular SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) has been retained.
Onto the changes, and the most apparent is the redesigned single-piece kidney grille which is now synonymous with the car, flatter LED headlamps with a “matrix” function and more. As for the rear of the car, the LED tail lights have been given a rework as well which now sees a black border around the lights.
The most apparent change though is at the rear is the inclusion of a pincer-like design which integrates the turn signals in a new manner as compared to the existing model, and the exhaust size has also been increased. On the M Sport variant, the front apron is finished in high-gloss black air curtains and the air inlet size has also been increased. The wheels will be 19″, though BMW is offering 20″ as an early bird offer!
On the inside, the comfort levels have been stepped up even further. There is a new multi-function sport steering, electric seat adjustment and more, which just add to the comfort of the car. There is also a panoramic sunroof, a welcome light on the carpet, 6-stage dimmable ambient lighting and 3-zone climate control as additional gizmos. On the M Sport variant, the interior is spruced up a bit more with sport seats, perforated upholstery, M leather steering, and even an M-specific interior trim.
There is a 12.3″ digital instrument cluster on offer, and the infotainment system is BMW’s latest operating system. The most interesting feature however is Parking Assistant Plus, which helps with parking by taking over braking, acceleration and even the steering. There is also a 16-speaker 464W Harman Kardon sound system to convert the car into a rave bus on demand!
As for the oomph, there is a 2L 4-cylinder petrol engine on offer which produces 252HP/350NM of power, with a 0-100 time of just 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 235 km/h. Phew! The transmission is in the form of an 8-speed Steptronic gearbox, which BMW says is so smooth it extracts the most power while remaining efficient, regardless of the gear! There are also paddle shifters, cruise control, hill start and hill descent assist, and automatic differential brakes as standard. There is also BMW’s Performance Control and adaptive suspension as standard, which further add to the ease of life for the driver. With so many driver aids, the question must be asked- does the driver even have to do any actual driving or not!
There are driving modes such as Comfort, Eco Pro, Sport and Sport+ on offer, along with safety features such as 6 airbags, Dynamic Stability Control, cornering brake and more as standard. It will be available in 6 colours- Mineral White, Phytonic Blue, Brooklyn Grey, Sophisto Grey, Black Sapphire and Carbon Black. The SportX variant costs Rs 59.9 lakh, while the M Sport variant costs Rs 65.9 lakhs.