Anton Andres / Anton Andres, Inigo Roces | February 10, 2018 11:06
BMW Philippines begins crossover offensive with all-new X3
For 2018, BMW Philippines starts the year with an all-new crossover. The company has officially launched the all-new X3 in the country. The third-generation X3 was first unveiled middle of 2017 as part of the brand's all-new model offensive until 2020.
Philippine-spec X3's are available with two model lines, namely the xLine and the M Sport. Both are powered by the familiar 2.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo diesel engines. The totally redesigned X3 presents an evolutionary redesign over the soon to be outgoing model. The large headlights are no longer connected to the kidney grill while the latter part grows in size. The LED foglights now sits flush by the corner air intakes. As for the hood, there are added character lines to give the crossover a more muscular appearance, complementing the more aggressive looking front fascia.
The sides meanwhile sees similar character lines from its predecessor, albeit with more emphasis on the lines for a wider-looking stance. The window line has been revised towards the rear fender, giving it a sleeker look. Meanwhile at the rear, it gets the signature L-shaped tail lights BMW has been applying to most of their cars, along with a pair of twin exhaust pipes for both variants.
Inside, the center stack now employs a floating infotainment screen, much like the recently released 5 Series. The dashboard corners are now more rounded than before and it also retains the driver-oriented layout, yet another BMW trademark. Leather is standard, along with power seats with memory functions. Plus, the xLine and M Sport come with different interior trimmings, giving unique, individual characters for the two variants. Besides the overhaul of the interior design, the iDrive infotainment system now uses the brand's latest software, bringing the X3 up to date with its sedan stablemates.
As mentioned above, the local-spec X3s are powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine. Output is rated at 190 PS with a torque figure of 400 Nm. It then shifts via an eight-speed automatic transmission which comes courtesy of ZF. Power is sent to all four wheels via BMW's xDrive system.
Prices for the 2018 BMW X3 are as follows:
BMW X3 20d xLine: Php 4,390,000
BMW X3 20d M Sport: Php 4,590,000