BMW Launches Two Diesel Variants Of The X3 In India

Both get their kick from the same turbocharged heart.

Those planning to purchase a premium SUV in the INR 60-80 lakh range, their list of options just got a boost. BMW India has launched two new diesel variants of the X3 – xDrive20d xLine and xDrive20d M Sport. While the former comes with a price tag of INR 67.50 lakh, the latter, at INR 69.90 lakh, demands a premium of INR 2.40 lakh.

Both derivatives have the same powertrain – a turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel mill mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which transfers the oomph to all four wheels using BMW’s xDrive system. With 190Nm/400Nm on tap, the BMW X3 can hit 100kmph from a standstill in 7.9 seconds and clock 213kmph at full stretch.

In terms of features, the duo share most of the stuff. The list includes adaptive LED headlights, three-zone automatic climate control, a wireless mobile charger, front and rear parking sensors, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a panorama glass roof and a Harman Kardon sound system. The M Sport derivative, however, justifies its higher price with some additional garnishings. That list includes a 3D surround-view camera, an M leather steering wheel, an M Sport character package (M-specific trim pieces), Dynamic Damper Control and a BMW head-up display.

Although both variants have the same colour options for the exterior – Blue, Black, Grey and White – their interior theme differs. The xLine derivative dons fine-wood oak dark high-gloss with pearl chrome accents, whereas the M Sport variant has brushed aluminium fine cutting with pearl chrome accents. Even the wheels, although the same in diameter, are different for both variants.

Going by BMW India’s website, the X3 is not available with a petrol engine. If that’s true, it could lose customers to rivals, which include the Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Audi Q5. 

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