Tuesday 21 November 2017

Eye-catching new BMW X3 to cost from €58,580 when it hits Ireland in November

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

HOW the world has changed since BMW last unveiled their second-generation X3. We've all gone quite SUV mad since.

Now it has taken the wraps off its new model, which as ever BMW call a SAV (sports activity vehicle).

It goes on sale here on November 11 and prices start from €58,580 on-the-road.

Dimensions are much the same as the old one, though the wheelbase is 5cm longer and the weight has dropped 55kg.

As well as the usual diesels (the xDrive 20d xLine is expected to be top seller here), there will be a new 2-litre petrol engine.

And there will be a stomping M40i - the first M Performance vehicle in a X3 line-up - to counter performance models from rivals.

From launch, there will be two diesels - an xDrive20d 4cyl and an xDrive30d straight-six. And as you can see from the table, the range-topping M40i petrol (3-litre 6cyl, 360hp, 0-100kmh in 4.8 seconds).

All models have xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive and an improved 8spd Steptronic transmission as standard.

They are promising lots of driver assistance with the new semi-autonomous CoPilot system including Active Cruise Control and Driving Assistant Plus (steering and lane control assistant, lane change/keeping assistant with side collision protection).

SE (entry) spec has three-zone automatic climate control and 18in light alloys, while the angle of the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrests can be adjusted individually.

Boot space goes from 550 litres to 1,600 litres with the rear seats folded.

LED headlights and tail lights along with aluminium roof rails and new 18in wheels are also standard. As are Vernasca leather seats, sport steering wheel, ambient lighting, Business Navigation and Park Assist (including rear parking camera).

The xLine trim gets more rugged front and rear bumpers with silver metallic side sills along with 19in wheels. And M Sport models get special aerodynamic touches.

The M40i lets you opt for 21in wheels if you so desire.

There is a long list of options - the sports suspension (part of the M Sport package) can be ordered separately, for example.

In addition to the iDrive Controller fitted as standard, opting for the Professional Media system (standard with M Sport models and M40i) gets you touchscreen control and optional gesture control.

And you can order Active Cruise Control (ACC), steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Assistant and Lane Keeping Assistant.

Meantime, the standard built-in SIM card allows you to use Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic locating and accident severity detection.

The selection of devices that can connect to the X3 now ranges from smartphones running iOS and Android operating systems via smart wearables like the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear (S2 and S3) to the Amazon Echo.

Other powertrains are expected and include a new plug-in hybrid and a full electric X3e by 2020.

Irish Independent

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