Friday, April 20, 2018

New BMW X3 to be locally assembled

BMW Group Malaysia today introduced the third generation of their mid-sized Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), the new BMW X3. The vehicle will be locally assembled for the first time in the country.

The exterior dimensions of the new BMW X3 may be largely unchanged, but has a five-centimetre-longer wheelbase, long bonnet and short front overhang, which according to the company, emphasise the perfect 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle.

As for changes in the external design, the front end has the “three-dimensional” kidney grille treatment and foglamps and features a hexagonal design for the very first time on a BMW X model. It also features high-beam assistant which switches head lights to high beam automatically when needed. The BMW X3 sits on 19” light alloy wheels Double Spoke bicolour Ferric Grey.

The vehicle is powered by a TwinPower Turbo 2.0 in-line four-cylinder petrol engine and comprises of TwinScroll turbocharging, High Precision Injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft control and Valvetronic fully variable valve timing. With an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, the BMW X3 is capable of sprinting from 0-100km in 6.3 seconds at a top speed of 240 km/h. The All-New BMW X3 is capable of generating a maximum output of 252hp and 350Nm of torque.

Furthermore, the standard Driving Experience Control switch allows the driver choose between various configurations – i.e. ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes, all of which are designed to make the vehicle more dynamic, more comfortable or more efficient to drive.

The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) allows the power to be split between all four wheels which can be constantly varied. Complementing the off-road capabilities is Hill Descent Control which helps maintain the SAV at a steady pace when driving down a steep incline.

The interior design includes the exclusive BMW X embossing which is highly visible on the B-pillar, enter console and rear door trim. The Leather Vernasca with contrast stitching sports seat, with padded side bolsters looks great. The Luxury Line offers leather upholstery, a Sensatec-covered instrument panel with contrast stitching and Dark Oak fine wood interior trim strips with accent strip in Pearl Chrome. The SAV also comes with 6 ambient light colours tones (orange, lilac, mint, bronze, blue and white) with selectable contour and mood lighting. The 10.25-inch Central Information Display is located above the instrument panel with touch control functionality, provides a quick overview of the most pertinent information and offers users intuitive access.

The rear camera, with Park Distance Control which provides an acoustic and visual (distance only) warning of the obstacle behind the vehicle. To assist the driver further, the Parking Assistant aids with automatic parking into parallel and lateral parking spaces.

Customers have a choice of 4 colours, namely, Terra Brown, Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver and Alpine White.

The new BMW X3 will be available at all authorised BMW dealerships nationwide from the 25th April 2018 with deliveries expected to commence in July 2018.

The estimated retail price (on the road, without insurance) for the BMW X3 xDrive30i is RM 320,000.00.

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