Confirmed: 2018 BMW X3 To Be Launched On April 19 In India
German luxury automaker BMW has confirmed the launch date for the 2018 X3 in the country. The next-gen of the luxurious SUV by BMW has been confirmed for the launch on 19th April this year. The BMW X3 has been one of the best-selling SUVs in the product portfolio of BMW that was first launched in 2003 and has sold over 1.5 million units in the last 14 years across two generations.
Under the hood, the BMW X3 is offered with five engine options, globally but for India it is expected to be offered only with two engine options, the xDrive20d and xDrive30i, initially. While the xDrive20d is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel that is rated at 188 bhp of maximum power and 400 Nm of peak torque, the xDrive30i will get a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol unit that develops 248 bhp power and 350 Nm of torque. The transmission duties will be carried out by an eight-speed automatic gearbox with standard all-wheel drive system.
In terms of design, the upcoming BMW X3 will be more aggressive and smarter than the outgoing model. The SUV will be offered with the headlamps and the grille separated from each other. This is not something we have seen on other BMW premium vehicles such as the X5 or the new 5 Series. The now much larger grille and new larger bumper get bigger air intakes and a set of LED hexagonal fog lamps at the front. The full LED headlamps and fog lamps along with a set of full LED 3D tail lamps as well as a larger 18 inch alloy wheels and the top spec model getting a set of 21-inch wheels will be the other highlights of the 2018 BMW X3.
At the inside, the cabin will come in line with the design philosophy followed by other BMW cars such as the 5 Series. The changed cabin layout will offer a new freestanding touchscreen infotainment screen along with an optional 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster with connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, optional gesture control for the infotainment system, more space for both front and rear passengers and more boot space as a result of a 2.2-inch longer wheelbase, ambient lighting options along with a heads up display with color readout instead of the usual monochrome setup, option of choosing acoustic glass to make SUV quieter and more comfortable for the passengers. A ‘digital’ key which is already offered with the 5 and 7 Series models will also be on offer with the third generation of X3. However, as reports suggest the X3 won’t have the remote parking feature.
The new X3 is based on BMW’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, and will be longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. The wheelbase is also longer by over 50mm and the new platform makes the X3 lighter by around 55 kilograms as well. BMW had showcased the 2018 X3 at the Auto Expo this year last month. However, the launch details of the SUV had not been revealed then. In terms of price, the SUV is likely to be priced somewhere in the range of Rs 50 lakh- Rs 58 lakh in the country and will take against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, upcoming Volvo XC60, the Land Rover Discovery Sportand Range Rover Evoque and the upcoming Audi Q5. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for the launch updates of the 2018 BMW X3.
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