The new X3 is among the six new vehicles showcased by the German carmaker at the Auto Expo 2018 earlier this month; says it treads the familiar BMW X family path
BMW India has said it will launch the new X3 premium SUV in April this year. “We are looking at launching the new X3 in the third week of April,” Vikram Pawah, president, BMW Group India, told FE.The new X3 is among the six new vehicles showcased by the German carmaker at the Auto Expo 2018 earlier this month, where BMW had launched the 6 Series GT priced at Rs 58.9 lakh (ex-showroom), which Pawah calls as a “segment-creating product.” The X3, the mid-size sports activity vehicle—BMW calls its SUV-shaped vehicles as SAV—was first launched globally in 2003. It was a runaway success due to its eye-catching design, and practicality for both urban and highway usage. The new third-generation X3, BMW says, elevates the already bold design language of its predecessor to new, even more eye-catching territory. It also treads the familiar BMW X family path in combining rugged off-road looks with sporting presence. While its exterior dimensions are largely unchanged, its 5-cm longer wheelbase, long bonnet and extremely short front overhang—which leads to 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle—give it the edge over its predecessor.
Notable exterior changes include the chunky three-dimensional kidney grille treatment and fog lamps featuring a hexagonal design for the first time on an X model. In addition, the windscreen is in acoustic glass that reduces wind noise. Globally, the new X3 also gets Driving Assistant Plus semi-autonomous driver assistance systems as an option, but it’s too early to say of the same would be introduced in India-spec model. At the rear, the light clusters, markedly downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes give it a muscular stance. It will also get the automatic tailgate.
The current generation X3 is available in the xDrive20d M Sport variant priced at Rs 54 lakh. Pawah, however, didn’t talk about engine specifications or the number of variants the new X3 will be launched in. “Production will start soon at the BMW Chennai plant,” he said.
X4 next year
For next year, BMW is already evaluating bringing the new X4 to India, the second-generation of which will be globally showcased at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
“Like the 6 Series GT, the X4 is also a segment-creating product—a combination of an SAV and a coupé. It is products like these that will not only give us competitive advantage, but will also help expand the Indian premium car market,” Pawah said.
The X4 was first globally introduced in 2014, and proved an instant hit in this class, having sold 200,000 units around the world. The company claims the second-generation X4 has significantly enhanced driving dynamics and state-of-the-art driver assistance systems with advanced connectivity technologies.
BMW India had sold 9,800 cars in calendar year 2017, recording a growth of 25% over the previous year, and was second to competitor Mercedes-Benz in the Indian premium car segment as far as volumes are concerned.