BMW Third Generation X3 Launched in Indonesia and Malaysia
After launching it in Indonesia a few days prior, BMW brings the all-new third generation X3 to Malaysia. The SUV will be locally assembled in the respective countries.
BMW calls the X3 an SAV or Sports Activity Vehicle (potayto, potahto). It is built on the automaker’s proprietary X-Drive system, which can transfer power between the front and rear axles, depending on where traction is needed most, even if it’s just to one wheel. What this means is better grip and handling in dangerous conditions, say, during one of our tropical thunderstorms, when it gets wet or muddy, or very wet and muddy.
Adding to that, the perfect 50:50 weight distribution between the front and rear axles and Hill Descent Control that comes standard enable dynamic handling, even under rougher conditions. The new X3 is 55kg lighter than its predecessor, which translates to better performance and efficiency.
The larger kidney grille, strong shoulder line, and 3D rear lights all come together to create a sportier look. The Malaysian version doesn’t get the adaptive headlights, but does have manual/auto high- and low-beams, side lights and cornering lights, so that pretty much covers all directions that the car heads towards.
The cargo space is a roomy 550 litres, and if you need to pile things inside, the seats can be folded down to accommodate 1,600 litres of your rubbish things.
Comfort Access makes it easy to load things into the rear compartment as well as yourself into the car. To open the tailgate, just wave your foot under the rear bumper (you do have to be able to balance on the one other foot for a while). Keyless access automatically unlocks the door (if the car detects the key fob in your pocket or bag) and enables engine start at the press of a button.
The interior is all “chromed up” for a luxurious finish, and features a digital instrument cluster.
Under the hood is a BMW TwinPower Turbo 2.0 in-line four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. The engine churns out 252hp and 350Nm of torque; the century sprint is achieved in 6.3 seconds, and onwards to a top speed of 240km/h.
The estimated price for the Malaysian market is RM320,000 on-the-road, without insurance. Deliveries to begin in July.
So…this? OR, the Mercedes-Benz GLC? FIGHT!