26 June 2024
BMW Releases New Fourth-Generation X3

The BMW X3 lineup has been updated, and it comes with new looks and an updated Operating System 9.

BMW has just unveiled the fourth-generation X3. With a refined exterior and a host of upgrades, this new X3 is ready to turn heads and take on the competition.

The new X3 measures 4,755mm in length, 1,920mm in width, and 1,660mm in height. Translated, it’s 34mm longer, 29mm wider, and most crucially, 25mm shorter than its predecessor.

The front end now features angular headlights, with a kidney grille that features vertically and diagonally arranged bars, first seen on the new 1 Series hatchback.

Along the sides, the side skirts and prominently flared wheel arches contrast against the flush-mounted rear window and long roof spoiler. All variants will get integrated exhaust tailpipes, except for the X3 M50 xDrive, which flaunts them proudly.

Speaking of the X3 M50 xDrive, this new variant leads the lineup with 393bhp and 580Nm of torque from a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine.

Paired with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, it sprints to 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds. That’s a significant boost over the previous X3 M40i, which previously offered 355bhp and 500Nm of torque.

For those more environmentally minded, the new BMW X3 30e xDrive plug-in hybrid combines a 2.0-litre engine with an 181bhp electric motor, resulting in a total output of 295bhp.

The 19.7kWh battery allows for an impressive electric-only range of 90km, a leap from the previous model’s 55km range.

But let’s be honest, local shoppers will likely gravitate towards the X3 20 xDrive, thanks to our road tax system. 

This variant comes with a 188bhp 2.0-litre engine, delivering 310Nm of torque and accelerating to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds. 

BMW promises noticeable increases in agility, cornering stability, and long-distance comfort across the X3 lineup. Thanks to increased body rigidity and a wider rear track, this SUV supposedly handles better than ever.

The double-joint spring strut suspension at the front and the five-link suspension at the rear contribute to its refined driving dynamics. And with a 19% increase in caster offset of the steering axle, expect improved straight-line stability.

For those craving even more sportiness, the M Sport suspension with a sports steering system and M Sport brakes (standard on the X3 M50 xDrive) and an adaptive suspension system are available as added options.

Inside, the X3 operates on BMW’s Operating System 9, displayed through a 12.3-inch information display and a 14.9-inch control display.

The Interaction Bar, new flat-bottomed steering wheel, and gear selector lever add a modern touch, while new lighting elements on the centre console and door trims create a welcoming ambience.

The new BMW X3 will be built at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the USA and Plant Rosslyn in South Africa.

Expect the car to grace Europe and the USA in Q4 2024, with other markets like Singapore to follow in early 2025.

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