BMW Philippines – together with its new distributor San Miguel Corporation Asia Car Distributors Corp. (SMCACDC) – launched the third generation X3. Dubbed as a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), the German-brand promises that it will give its future owners sheer driving pleasure whether on- or off-road.
Although it retains the overall silhouette of the previous model, the all-new X3 has a bolder fascia thanks to its longer hood, hexagonal fog lamps, and larger “kidney grille.” Its rear comes with a downward-sloping roof spoiler, twin exhaust tail pipes, and three-dimensional LED tail lights giving it a sleek appearance.
The X3 also boasts a perfect 50:50 weight distribution between the front and rear axle and the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system providing optimal handling and grip. Moreover, it’s lighter than its predecessor by 55 kg — a feat possible through all-aluminum components inside the engine block and the suspension.
Under the hood, this SAV, as the German brand calls it, is powered by a 2.0L BMW TwinPower turbo diesel engine capable of 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque, close enough to what midsize SUVs produce. This mill is paired with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission with paddle shifters.
Inside, occupants will be treated to a leather-covered interior to go with its many cabin amenities which includes the latest version of BMW’s iDrive system and ambient air package. It also has a 10.5-inch touchscreen head unit with gesture control that allows its users to make calls or control the infotainment with a sleight of hand. In addition, the X3 comes with high-tech driving aids that will help you park it, whether parallel or laterally, without a hitch.
When asked about the X3’s major leverage against its competitors, BMW Philippines Marketing Director Karl Magsuci pointed out three things: design, technology, and power.
This car, I think, among its competitors has the perfect balance in terms of ruggedness, sportiness, and sophistication. It’s like your Swiss army knife; you can use it wherever, whatever the situation may require. Whether you’re going out of town, passing off-beaten track, or going to a gala or a dinner date in a tuxedo — this car can do all of this.
The BMW X3 has two variants to choose from; the Aluminum-clad xLine and the M Sport. Priced at P4,390,000, the xLine provides a luxury feel both inside and outside with its aluminium trims and Vernasca leather seats.
On the other hand, the M Sport, which is listed at P4,590,000, has an athletic appearance with its leather steering wheel sports seats, and aero-package. Its suspension is also tuned to be more rigid than the xLine, warranting it to be the better choice for those who like a more exhilarating drive on and off the road.
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