BMW X3 Details Revealed Ahead of Global Debut

BMW X3 Details Revealed Ahead of Global Debut

The highly anticipated fourth-generation BMW X3 is poised for its global reveal in the coming weeks, with production slated to begin shortly thereafter. Expected to provide a range of combustion engine powertrain options, enhanced size, and a sleek design the new X3 is expected to make a splash in the competitive SUV market. This is everything we currently know about the X3, which is scheduled to go on sale in July after a June premiere.

Exterior and Chassis Upgrades

Despite the heavy camouflage in the preview images, BMW has announced significant improvements, including a reduction in the SUV's drag coefficient from 0.29 to 0.27, promising better fuel efficiency. While exact dimensions have yet to be disclosed, it's anticipated that the new X3 will exceed the previous model's length of 4.7 meters and width of nearly 1.9 meters.

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BMW X3 Side View

The upcoming X3, codenamed G45, will feature a wider track than its predecessor, the G01, along with reduced rear axle lift. To balance an even better ride quality with an even more thrilling driving experience, BMW has also improved the anti-roll bars and increased their rigidity.

An adaptive chassis with electronically controlled shock absorbers will be available as an optional feature. Additionally, the new X3 will boast a more direct steering ratio and incorporate the latest safety and driver assistance technologies, aiming for high ratings in Euro NCAP crash tests.

Interior and Powertrain Details

While the interior details remain largely under wraps, the new X3 is expected to streamline its physical controls, relying more heavily on its infotainment touchscreen—a trend seen in newer BMW models. Speculations suggest that instead of a traditional full-fat X3 M model, BMW will offer a high-performance M50 variant, replacing the previous M40i.

In terms of engine lineup, BMW is anticipated to eliminate the 'i' suffix from its petrol engines, maintaining the 'd' and 'e' suffixes for its diesels and plug-in hybrids, respectively. The plug-in hybrid version, possibly named X3 xDrive30e, will feature an upgraded battery pack to extend its all-electric range. Furthermore, an all-new iX3 is expected to debut a year later, transitioning from the CLAR platform to the innovative Neue Klasse platform.

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BMW X3 Rear

Market Introduction and Pricing

Following the introduction of the facelifted third-generation X3 in India in January 2022, which initially offered only a petrol engine, BMW India later expanded the range to include diesel variants and introduced the high-end X3 M40i. Currently, the X3 is available in models such as the xDrive20d xLine and xDrive20d M Sport, with prices starting at Rs 68.5 lakh.

While there is no confirmed date for the new X3's arrival in India, BMW is focusing on launching the all-new 5 Series and i5 in the Indian market in the upcoming months.