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26 August 2011

New BMW X3 launched in India

Face-lifted beemer is bigger and comfier...

Gagan Gupta
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Adding more fuel to your diesel-powered fantasies, the BMW X3 saw its official light of day in Pune at the Bavaria Motors showroom.

The external dimensions of the new BMW X3 have grown larger result in in more passenger room and the largest luggage compartment in its class. The rear-seat backrest is divided in three parts (a split of 40/20/40) and can be individually folded down to increase the luggage compartment capacity from 550 litres to a maximum of 1,600 litres.

There are two diesel variants: BMW X3 xDrive20d and BMW X3 xDrive30d. The xDrive 20d accelerates to 100kph in 8.5 seconds with a top speed of 210kph (electronically limited). The four-cylinder diesel engine with turbocharger and common-rail direct injection gives a maximum output of 184bhp at 4,000rpm as well as maximum torque of 380nm from 1,750 to 2,750rpm.

The xDrive 30d accelerates to 100kph in 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 210kph (electronically limited).  The turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine with common-rail direct injection gives a maximum output of 258bhp at 4,000rpm as well as maximum torque of 560nm from 2,000 to 2,750rpm. Both engine options with eight-speed automatic transmission.

Other features include multiple suspension settings (Normal, Sports and Sports+) and hill assist.

The X3 will be CKD produced (Completely Knocked Down) at the BMW Plant in Chennai. All-India ex-showroom prices for the X3 are - Rs 41,20,000 for xDrive20d and Rs 47,90,000 for the xDrive30d.

 

Tags: x3, bmw

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