All-New BMW X3

German luxury carmaker BMW has launched the all-new BMW X3 in India with prices starting from Rs 49.99 lakhs (ex-showroom) for the Expedition variant and Rs 56.70 lakhs for the Luxury Line trim. Available in a locally-produced diesel variant, the all-new BMW X3 is available at BMW dealerships, effective immediately. The petrol variant will be launched later in 2018.

The all-new BMW X3 features a compelling front with a bold double kidney grille. Fully Adaptive LED headlights and LED fog lamps featuring the new hexagonal design ensure a prominent stance on any road. At the rear, LED expressive tail-lights combined with a low-slung roof spoiler and exhaust tail pipes on both sides in chrome make for a powerful conclusion. Automatic tailgate operation allows convenient opening and closing of the tailgate.

Luxury Line additionally features the chrome radiator grille bars, two-tone underbody protection in frozen grey matt with chrome trim, air-breather in chrome and classically designed 19-inch light-alloy wheels that add to the elegance of the exterior design.

The interior is well thought-out with more space than before. A clever concept provides numerous easily-accessible storage compartments. A relaxed lounge-like atmosphere is created thanks to optimised cabin noise insulation, adjustable rear seat backrest, rear window sunblind and enlarged panoramic roof. The embossed X logo in the elegant chrome located on the doors and the centre console is a true eye-catcher.

The range of fine upholstery combinations in the all-new BMW X3 Expedition includes Leatherette Beige and Leatherette Black and in the all-new BMW X3 Luxury Line, Leather Vernasca Beige and Leather Vernasca Mocha.

Ambient Lighting with six dimmable light designs creates an atmosphere for every mood. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 550 litres extendable to 1,600 litres thanks to a 40/20/40 split including the through-loading system. Interior details in Luxury Line such as leather upholstery in Vernasca, a Sensatec-covered instrument panel with contrast stitching and fine-wood trim in popular grain grey all catch the eye.

The all-new BMW X3, is powered by the two-litre four-cylinder diesel engine of BMW X3 xDrive 20d, produces an output of 193 PS (190 hp) and a maximum torque of 400 Nm at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm. The car accelerates from 0-100 kmph in just 8 seconds.

The eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission performs smooth gear shifts. At any time, in any gear, the transmission collaborates perfectly with the engine, enabling it to develop its full power and efficiency. For even greater driving pleasure, the eight-speed Steptronic transmission is available with steering wheel paddle-shifters.

Published in Kolkata on WHEELS: July 2018

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