BMW is gearing up for 2021 with a slew of launches. The production-offensive strategy is what BMW is following to hold and expand its market share in the luxury segment in India. BMW is the second highest-selling luxury carmaker in the country, after its German counterpart, Mercedes-Benz. But BMW did see an upward trend at the end of last year in terms of sales, although the overall year was one to forget. With fresh products and variants, BMW has started 2021 on a positive note and is on track for a lot more sales of its locally assembled and produced units. BMW X3 has been a benchmark in the Sports Activity Vehicle segment, maintaining a perfect balance between off-roading capabilities and on-road comfort and handling. That is the tradition that the new X3 xDrive 30i SportX will try to build on, along with all the modern amenities. Let us take a look at what the SportX variant of the X3 has in store for us!
BMW X3 xDrive30i SportX – Exterior and Design
If you are a fan of BMW, then there is nothing that will change that in terms of the appearance of the X3. The typical kidney grille with high gloss black elements, LED headlamps with LED fog lamps in a hexagonal design give the front-end a premium look. The sides are accentuated by classically designed 18-inch alloy wheels and a chrome belt surrounding the window panels, along with a low slung roof spoiler. The rear features the expressive LED tail lamp unit with chrome exhausts for a sporty feel. The automatic tailgate operation and a massive 550 litres of luggage compartment enhance the practicality of the SUV. Overall, the design of the X3 SportX is modern, oozes luxury and is typically BMW.
BMW X3 xDrive30i SportX – Interior and Features
The interiors of the BMW X3 are plush and the features are plenty. Once you enter, you are greeted with the Sensatec upholstery, Fine-Wood Trim with Pearl Chrome Finisher and Galvanic application on controls, along with Ambient lighting with welcome light carpet and six dimmable light designs, Automatic 3 zone Climate Control, Rear Window Sunblind and a Panoramic Sunroof. On the connectivity front, there is an 8.8-inch BMW Live Cockpit Plus Touchscreen Control Display, 3D Navigation, a 5.1-inch Digital Instrument CLuster with Analog Dials, Hi-Fi Surround Sound System, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with Bluetooth and USB Connectivity. Then there are various drive modes to choose from including the EcoPro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ for all your needs.
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On the safety front, BMW X3 SportX comes loaded with a ton of features which include 6 Airbags, Attentiveness Assistance, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Electric Parking Brake with Auto Hold, Side-Impact Protection, Electronic Vehicle Immobilizer and Crash Sensor, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounting among others. The low-weight and efficient all-wheel-drive system distributes the engine’s power between the front and rear axle exactly to suit the driving situation and the surface. Adaptive suspensions, electronically controlled Automatic Differential Brakes/locks (ADB-X), Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control will support you through any terrain.
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BMW X3 xDrive30i SportX – Engines, Prices and Rivals
The BMW X3 xDrive 30i SportX comes with a 2.0-litre twin power turbo petrol engine making 252hp and 350Nm mated to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The transmission is extremely responses and you won’t feel the need to use the paddle shifters too often. The 0-100kmph sprint is achieved in a mere 6.3 secs. The prices start at Rs 56.50 lakh and go all the way up to Rs 61.80 lakh, ex-showroom for the X3 xDrive30i LuxuryLine and Rs 62.50 lakh for the X3 xDrive30d LuxuryLine. The X3 currently rials the likes of Mercedes GLC, Volvo XC60 and Land Rover Discovery Sport.