Compared to the current version, this second generation model is 12mm taller, 83mm longer and 28mm wider and comes with 15mm more wheelbase with cargo space at 550 liters and you get about 3 times that size if you fold the rear seats. The new SUV is powered up through 2 engine choices at the moment where you get either the X3 xDrive20d that comes with a 4-cylinder 2.0 liter turbo diesel or the X3 xDrive35i with straight-6 3.0 liter gasoline engine with BMW’s own TwinPower Turbo system.

The first option gets you up to 184 horses at 4,000 RPM and 380Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,750 RPM while the 3.0 liter version gets you up to a whooping 306hp at 5,800 RPM and 400Nm of torque from 1,300 RPM. This one also takes you only 5.7 seconds from zero to hundred and top speeding at 245km/h. At press time, BMW said that an 8 speed automatic transmission gearbox is available although they have not confirmed which one but speculations are that it would mostly go with the 3.0 liter model while the ‘younger sibling’ will most likely get the 6 speed manual transmission gearbox.

On the top range model, you will also get the Auto Start/Stop function while enjoying other goodies like the Performance Control System, the Dynamic Drive Control, the Head-Up Display device, a reversing camera that includes top views and also Internet Access. BMW said that this new model will start entering the showrooms at the end of the year through its Spartanburg manufacturing plant in South Carolina in the United States. If you have seen this model back in July, then you will notice that there really aren’t much difference and if you like, the xDrive permanent AWD system is also fitted into this one while offering EPS steering as standard equipment.

 

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