The all new BMW X3

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BMW SA have announced the next generation of BMW X3 models!

The popular mid-sized SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) first made it’s appearance in 2003 and we were fortunate enough to receive an invitation to attend the launch of the third incarnation along the Garden Route.

Some of the new BMW X3 models will be built locally at the Rosslyn plant from April 2018, no doubt a boost for BMW SA after the local 3-series production came to an end.

The model line-up will start with a 20i petrol version available from 3rd quarter 2018, a 20D 140kW diesel, a 30i 180kW petrol engine, the ever popular 30D 195kW diesel and the range-topping M40i with 265kW and 500Nm. We were fortunate to drive both the 20D and the M40i on the launch and can happily report that in both the entry level diesel, and the range-topping petrol guise, the new BMW X3 is a fantastic multi-purpose family sized vehicle.

The all wheel drive system performed admirably on and off road and while the M40i obviously has a ton more raring horses under the bonnet, the 20D more than adequately galloped along the hilly passes of the Garden Route area.

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BMW X3 M40i The blue calipers hint at a sports braking system

The interior is nothing short of what you expect from BMW. Both cars had seats adjustable in just about every direction and finding a comfortable driving position took seconds. Interestingly, the rear seat is also adjustable. Not just in the traditional lay it flat to open the boot space up way, but you can actually change the angle of the rear seat’s back rest.

The centrally placed screen on the dashboard combines navigation with sound system and delivered a fantastic uninterrupted guidance up and down the various passes. Even when the cell phones had no signal, our guidance system had a firm grasp on our location.


BMW X3 M40i:
Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 2,998cc, output: 265 kW at 5,500 – 6.500 rpm,
max. torque: 500 Nm at 1,520 – 4,800 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 4.8 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).
Fuel consumption, combined*: 8.4 – 8.2 l/100 km (33.6 – 34.5 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions, combined*: 193 – 188 g/km.

BMW X3 xDrive20d:
Four-cylinder diesel engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
Capacity: 1,995cc, output: 140 kW at 4,000 rpm,
max. torque: 400 Nm at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm.
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h]: 8.0 seconds,
top speed: 213 km/h.
Fuel consumption, combined*: 5.4 – 5.0 l/100 km,
CO2 emissions, combined*: 142 – 132 g/km.

Some of the standard features include lane assist, automatic speed-up and braking when cruise control is engaged, heads-up-display with speed signs (particularly useful in the M40i), voice control navigation, real-time traffic updates (standard across all models) and a clever system where the car sends data to BMW and the service center can call you to make an appointment.



Interested? Check out the new BMW X3 website from Saturday 25 November 2017 to book a test drive.


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