Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 23 Nov 2017

We were invited to attend the national media launch of the new BMW X3 in the picturesque region of Knysna and George in the Western Cape.

The BMW X3 is an incredibly important vehicle for the Bavarian automaker. Having found massive popularity, the X3 has concreated its place as a solid family SUV. Now in its third generation, this the G01 model X3 features bolder, more angular lines, a larger profile and a wealth of technological advancements.

Local is Lekker

To begin the journey, BMW South Africa has proudly announced that the new X3 will be produced by mid-2018 at its Rosslyn plant in the Gauteng Province. With a cash-injection of over R6-billion, the plant will be producing the brand new model along-side the two other major manufacturing sites, one being in North America and the other being in China.

Striking Design, Striking Performance 

X is in the DNA. The X3 now features many X logo’s as part of its body design language. The X, of course, denotes the model’s ability to tackle an assortment of surfaces, its cross terrain abilities. During the national media launch, we pushed the vehicle through many tactical and mixed road/off-road surfaces in order to test its abilities. Despite the option of large alloy wheels which now feature on many of the M Sport models (20-inch in diameter), the new car has incredibly impressive dampening and the ability to remain sporty, planted and dynamic as we have come to expect from the BMW brand, while also remaining comfortable and smooth, no matter the surface being tackled.

1Several engines are available within the model range, from the xDrive20i, sDrive20i (available from third quarter 2018), xDrive20d, xDrive30d, xDrive30i and finally the ultra-powerful M40i with its whopping 265 kW and 500 Nm of torque, not to mention its soundtrack of harnessed thunder from under the bonnet.

Xciting Technology

The X3 now features many new technological advancements. The kind of technology, which was previously only found on the likes of the 7-Series and later 5-Series has now made its way to the new X3. From its large BMW Connected Drive central multimedia display of over 10-inches to the driver-focused digital instrumentation cluster measuring in at 12.3-inches, the X3 makes the most of modern driver assistance and technological advancements.

3Semi-autonomous drive also now features in the new model, with the option of using the feature to guide the vehicle via radar-guided cruise control, from a standstill to highway cruising speeds.

4A beautifully appointed and well ergonomically assembled cabin, coupled with the likes of media sources available through services such as Apple’s CarPlay and with the optional Harman Kardon, helps make driving the new X3 an incredibly premium experience.

The X3 was always a strong model for the brand, now in its third generation, BMW has really gone to showcase its perfect blend of sportive dynamism, coupled with off-road prowess and family SUV ability. The new car really does represent X to the power of 3!

Available Models, SA Pricing & Warranty 

BMW X3 M40i: R991 100
Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 2,998cc, output: 265 kW at 5,500 – 6.500 rpm,
max. torque: 500 Nm at 1,520 – 4,800 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 4.8 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).
Fuel consumption, combined*: 8.4 – 8.2 l/100 km (33.6 – 34.5 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions, combined*: 193 – 188 g/km.

BMW X3 xDrive30i: R868 300
Four-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,998cc, output: 185 kW at 5,200 rpm,
max. torque: 350 Nm at 1,450 – 4,800 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h]: 6.3 seconds,
top speed: 240 km/h.
Fuel consumption, combined**: 7.4 l/100 km,
CO2 emissions, combined**: 168 g/km.

BMW X3 xDrive20i: (from third quarter of 2018) TBC
Four-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,998cc, output: 135 kW at 5,000 rpm,
max. torque: 290 Nm at 1,350 – 4, 600 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h]: 8.3 seconds,
top speed: 215 km/h.
Fuel consumption, combined**: 7.2 l/100 km,
CO2 emissions, combined**: 165 g/km.

BMW X3 sDrive20i: (from third quarter of 2018) TBC
Four-cylinder petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,998cc, output: 135 kW at 5,000 rpm,
max. torque: 290 Nm at 1,350 – 4,600 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h] 8.3 seconds,
top speed: 215 km/h.
Fuel consumption, combined**: 7.4 l/100 km,
CO2 emissions, combined**: 169 g/km.

 

BMW X3 xDrive30d:R739 800
Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 2,993cc, output: 195 kW at 4,000 rpm,
max. torque: 620 Nm at 2,000 – 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h]: 5.8 seconds,
top speed: 240 km/h.
Fuel consumption, combined*: 6.0 – 5.7 l/100 km,
CO2 emissions, combined*: 158 – 149 g/km.

BMW X3 xDrive20d: R684 200
Four-cylinder diesel engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,995cc, output: 140 kW at 4,000 rpm,
max. torque: 400 Nm at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h]: 8.0 seconds,
top speed: 213 km/h.
Fuel consumption, combined*: 5.4 – 5.0 l/100 km,
CO2 emissions, combined*: 142 – 132 g/km.

The X3 is offered with a 2yr/unlimited km warranty and a 5yr/100 000 km maintenance plan. 

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