German luxury automaker BMW has started the production of the all-new X3 at their Chennai plant in India. Recently, BMW has announced the launch date of the SUV on 19th April 2018. One of the best-selling BMW models globally, the company has sold over 1.5 million units of the X3 across the globe in the last 14 years since its launch in 2003 for the first time. The 2018 model of the SUV made its debut at the 2018 Auto Expo last month.
Talking about the 2018 X3, Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, "The all-new BMW X3 is now set to continue the success story, with even more striking and dynamic styling and a luxurious interior. Like all members of the successful X family, it combines outstanding ride quality on all terrains with unlimited everyday practicality. I would like to congratulate BMW Group Plant Chennai team for achieving this important milestone and we are extremely proud for the smooth start of production of the all-new BMW X3."
Since the X3 will be offered in only diesel variants in India, while the xDrive 20d engine is expected to produce 188 bhp, the xDrive 30d is likely to generate 262 bhp of maximum power. Both engines will be mated to BMW's 8-speed Steptronic transmission that has also been tuned as well. However, globally the SUV is offered five engine options and six variants- xDrive30d, xDrive20d, M40i, xDrive30i, xDrive20i and the sDrive20i.
Also, speaking about the production of the 2018 BMW X3, Dr. Jochen Stallkamp, Managing Director, BMW Group Plant Chennai said, “The all-new BMW X3 offers advanced design language, innovative technologies and top-of-the-line equipment. BMW Group Plant Chennai is proud to locally-produce the latest and one of the most diverse product portfolios that has the highest standards of quality, distinguished workmanship and uncompromising engineering. We are confident that the all-new BMW X3 produced in Chennai will further increase our momentum in the Indian luxury car segment.”
The new X3 is based on BMW’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, and will be longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. The new platform makes the X3 lighter by around 55 kilograms. The features include the signature kidney grille, double-barrel projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, new 18-inch alloy wheels, a pair of 3D LED taillights, a roof-integrated spoiler and twin exhaust pipes at the exterior while at the inside the centre console gets the BMW iDrive infotainment system which can be operated via touch, voice commands and hand gestures, a 12.3-inch screen along with a nifty heads-up display (HUD) that can project various information onto the windshield and directly into the driver’s line of sight, multi-colored ambient lighting, a three-zone climate control and chrome inserts among others.
In India, the existing X3 model serves as a popular choice for buyers who would want to buy an SUV in the same price as that of a sedan. For example, in this case the sedan is the 5-Series by BMW. The upcoming BMW X3 is expected to be priced between Rs 50 lakh – Rs 60 lakh and will take against the likes of the Mercedes Benz GLC, Volvo XC50, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, and the Audi Q5. The Chennai plant of BMW currently manufactures the BMW 3 Series, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, BMW 5 Series, BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, BMW 7 Series, BMW X1, BMW X3 and BMW X5 and will start the local production of MINI Countryman in 2018. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for the launch updates of the 2018 BMW X3.