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BMW X3 2025 Revealed: This SUV is Pissed!

BMW has unveiled the 2025 iteration of its X3 SUV. This is the fourth generation of the model, and it has been completely revamped with an updated platform, fresh looks, and the latest features. This version is expected to be introduced in India soon, so let's dig deep into what it offers.

Design of the BMW X3

The new BMW X3 is longer and wider than the outgoing model. It has a more prominent kidney grille with different inserts according to your chosen variant. This grille is illuminated as a standard LWB in the M50 xDrive, like in the 7 Series and the upcoming 5 Series LWB. At the same time, it is optional in the 30 xDrive. The grille gets slats placed in a tilted position on some variants while horizontal in the top-end M50 xDrive variant. The sharp LED headlights and LED DRLs give it a mean and angry look.It rides on 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, while users can opt for a 20- or 21-inch version. On the rear, it gets Y-shaped LED tail lights like the BMW XM. The M50 xDrive variant also gets twin exhaust tips. 

Powertrain of BMW X3

There are multiple powertrain options available on the X3 according to the variant. 

Starting with the X3 20 xDrive has a 2.0L turbo-petrol assisted by a mild-hybrid system that produces a total of 205 bhp and 330 Nm of torque. This engine can accelerate from 0-100kmph in 7.8 seconds, with a maximum speed of 215 kmph. 

The 20d xDrive, there is a 2.0L diesel along with a mild-hybrid system that churns out a combined 194 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. This variant gets an acceleration time of 0-100kmph in 7.7 seconds.

With the X3 30e xDrive plug-in hybrid, you get a 2.0-L turbo-petrol engine with an 181 bhp electric motor that delivers a total output of  295 bhp and 450 Nm of torque. The 30e can achieve a speed of 100 kmph from a dead stop in 6.2 seconds and keep accelerating to a top speed of 215 kmph. You can also run it in the EV-only mode, achieving a high speed of 140 kmph. This mode can last a claimed 90 km with its 19.7kWh battery.

The highest variant, X50 xDrive gets a 3.0L turbocharged 6-cylinder powerhouse that produces 392 bhp with 580 Nm of torque, enabling it to zoom from 0 to 100 kmph in just 4.6 seconds. It has an electronic speed limit of 250 kmph when running on performance tyres, which drops to 210 kmph when running on standard all-season rubber.

All of these engines are mated with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and get an AWD drivetrain.

Interior of the BMW X3

The interior of the X3 has a curved display consisting of the 14.9-inch iDrive 9 central infotainment display and a 12.3-inch digital driver instrument panel. The steering is also redesigned and now gets a flat-bottom. It gets ambient lighting with contrasting colours that form a U-shape pattern in the lower centre console and door pads.

Features of the BMW X3

In its fourth generation, the BMW X3 has a long list of features. These include a heads-up display, a 15-speaker Harman Kardon music system, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, 3-zone automatic climate control, a powered tailgate, and ambient lighting. It also gets connected-car tech. Users can also get a panoramic sunroof and a heated steering wheel as an option. 

When it comes to safety, the BMW X3 is equipped with an ADAS suite that has features like collision warning, lane change warning, lane departure warning, and park assist with reversing assist.

Launch Date of BMW X3

We expect the BMW X3 to come to the Indian shores around the end of 2024 or early 2025. BMW might start its price from Rs 70 lakh (ex-showroom). It will lock horns with the models like the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5.

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TopGear Magazine July 2024