BMW's third generation X3 SUV is set to arrive in Australia from November, with three models in the initial line-up before more variants arrive next year.
Initially the range will consist of two diesel variants - X3 20d and X3 30d - and one petrol offering, the X3 30i.
The entry-level X3 20d is priced from $68,900 before on-road costs, which is a rise of $1100 over the outgoing model.
Power for the 20d comes from a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit that produces 140kW and 400Nm, mated to an eight-speed auto while sipping just 5.7L/100km.
Standard gear for the base model extends to 19-inch light alloy wheels, BMW xLine exterior package which features matte aluminium finishes, roof rails, electric folding side mirrors and LED headlights.
Inside, the 20d scores BMW's new iDrive6 infotainment system which is accessed through a 6.5-inch screen with navigation as well as a rear view camera with front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, head-up display, leather sports steering wheel, cloth and leather front seats and wireless phone charging.
The next model up is the X3 30i priced from $75,900, powered by a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 185kW and 350Nm mated to an eight speed automatic transmission. Fuel use is rated at 7.6L/100km.
Increased specification over the 20d includes 20-inch light alloy wheels, leather upholstery, adaptive LED headlights with auto high beam, a 10-inch infotainment display, 12-inch digital instrument display, paddle shifters, surround-view camera and semi-autonomous driving technology that offers hands-free driving for up to 30 seconds.
Added safety features include active cruise control, lane keep assist and cross traffic alert.
The initial range-topping variant will be the X3 30d priced from $83,900, which is $2900 more than the outgoing version.
Power comes from a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that pumps out 195kW of power and 620Nm of torque. Fuel use is a claimed 6.0L/100km.
The X3 30d offers the same level of specification as the X3 30i.
BMW will offer more variants from 2018, with a new entry-level X3 20i on the cards as well as a fully-electric X3 e in the future.
The Bavarian automaker has also dropped several hints that it will unleash its vaunted M-division on the new generation X3 with the model to be called the X3 M, giving BMW a genuine competitor to the V8-powered Mercedes-AMG GLC 63.
The X3 M would most-likely be powered by the same six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine as the M3 and M4 which produces 331kW.
NOTE: Overseas models shown, Australian gallery to follow
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2018 BMW X3
- X3 20d - $68,900
- X3 30i - $75,900
- X3 30d - $83,900
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