BMW launches all-new more powerful X3 into NZ market

BMW launches all-new more powerful X3 into NZ market

BMW has unveiled its all new X3 at a press event held on Australia’s Gold Coast. The new model will go on sale in New Zealand from the middle of March and comes boasting enhancements in technology, design, performance and driving dynamics.

The second generation X3 looks very sharp with a modernised design that features a contoured bonnet, xenon headlights and an upswept windowline. Dimensionally the new X3 is wider and longer than its predecessor but still sits neatly between the X1 and X5 in terms of size. It is also 25kg lighter than the first-gen X3, an impressive result considering it’s larger and carries more kit.

In terms of power two engine variants will be available in the New Zealand line-up and they’re both diesel.

The new BMW X3 xDrive20d features a four-cylinder in-line diesel engine with output of 135 kW, and 380 Nm of torque. Acceleration to 100 km/h takes 8.5 seconds which is brisk for an SUV and is made more impressive by the X3’s fuel consumption of just 5.6 litres/100km.

The higher-spec BMW X3 xDrive30d boasts a three-litre six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with an output of 190 kW and 560 Nm of torque. The car accelerates from 0–100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds, yet EU fuel consumption is only 6.0 litres/100 km.

The BMW X3 xDrive20d will have a recommended retail price of $87,900 and the more powerful BMW X3 xDrive30d a recommended retail price of $108,500.

Highlighting the impressive list of standard features, all new X3 models feature a rear view camera as standard (for optimum rear view assistance) as well as a high-resolution 6.5” colour monitor, USB audio interface, Bluetooth, keyless starting (Comfort Go), electric power steering with Servotronic for easy parking, 8-speed automatic transmission and 40/20/40 split rear seats.

Inside, a lot of effort has been put into interior quality and the X3 cabin looks and feels absolute class. Load space is the largest in the segment and a “40/20/40” split of the rear seats allows complete flexibility in its load-carrying capabilities. Luggage space is a generous 550 litres, expandable to 1600 litres with the rear seat folded down.

The towing capacity of the new BMW X3 is 2,000kg with a 200kg tow bar download.

The new BMW X3 comes standard with a completely new eight-speed automatic transmission. It functions seamlessly and is a real feature of the vehicle. Due to its extremely small gear steps, the driver enjoys greater comfort and smoother, even more responsive gear shifts, and fluid acceleration. In addition, the more finely graded gear steps mean that the engine runs at optimal engine speed for longer – a factor that also helps to considerably reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Handling has long been a strength of BMW producst and the X3 continues this tradition. An optional electronic ‘Performance Control’ system improves the car’s agility through corners. The system responds within fractions of a second to cornering behaviour through the acceleration and braking of different wheels. Variable power distribution is used to actively turn the car into the corner improving safety and cornering precision.

The optional Dynamic Damper Control system can improve ride-quality on-the-fly with the shock absorbers automatically adapting to all road conditions. The Dynamic Driving Control switch can be used to select between the “NORMAL”, “SPORT” and “SPORT+” settings. The shock absorbers are stiffer in “Sport” mode and softer in “Normal” mode. This means that wheel damping and bodyshell motion can be optimised to suit any given set of conditions.

BMW EfficientDynamics fuel-saving innovations, such as automatic start-stop function paired to an automatic transmission for the very first time, ensure the vehicle achieves best-in-class fuel consumption figures. Whenever the vehicle is stopped via the brake or Automatic Hold function, the engine shuts itself off automatically, saving fuel. It automatically jumps back to life as soon as the accelerator is pressed.

The X3 also features the latest BMW ConnectedDrive technology options, which include Bluetooth enabled internet access, Bluetooth audio streaming, album cover artwork display to name a few.

The BMW X3 also offers unrivalled driver assistance systems such as Top View, which provides a birds-eye-view of the car for ease of low-speed manoeuvring.

BMW Group NZ Managing Director, Mark Gilbert, said the new X3 builds on the sales success of its predecessor with significant improvements in agility, efficiency and noticeably increased driving comfort.

“The new BMW X3 combines performance, elegance and practicality all in equal measure making it an especially relevant vehicle for the New Zealand market,” said Mr Gilbert.

“In essence, it is the ultimate all-rounder,” he said.

It’s a big claim but after driving the new X3 at the Gold Coast launch Car and SUV can confirm that this is a class act and one to look at closely in the mid-size SUV segment.

The new BMW X3 is available in New Zealand dealerships from mid-March. To find out more click here to visit the BMW NZ website.

BMW X3 Pricing:

X3 xDrive20d SAV                        $87,900
X3 xDrive30d SAV                        $108,500

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