Ladies And Gents, The BMW X3

A BMW is an excellent car. It is probably the best luxury car in the world ever (note: luxury, not supercar). The German design, technology and performance is just simply satisfying. And for disclosure, I do own a very old 320i, so maybe I have basis for my opinion.

The new BMW X3 redefines sheer driving pleasure for the German cramkers. photo courtesy of BMW PH)

And now, BMW Philippines (under the new SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation or SMCACDC) introduces to us the all-new BMW X3. In it’s launch last Friday at the Ampitheater of Bonifacio High Street, BMW PH President Maricar Parco said the “launch exhibits how the third generation of the all-new BMW X3 mirrors the BMW brand’s ultimate promise of Sheer Driving Pleasure. We are confident that this new addition to our Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) portfolio will pose immense appeal with an identity hinged on innovation, enhanced connectivity, and off road mobility – allowing the driver to take on every remarkable mission and pursue his passion, whatever it may be.”

 Sheer Driving Pleasure, there is something to that phrase that reverberates with any BMW owner. A BMW is a car one enjoys driving, not just for speed though it has that, not just for luxury though it is luxurious, not just for the technology though it is ahead in most, but because it is just simply fun to drive.

The interior and cockpit is a showcase for BMWs latest driving pleasure tag. (photo courtesy of BMW PH)

Distinctive by design.
The all-new BMW X3 elevates the already boldly dynamic design of its predecessor to a new, even more eye-catching form. The pioneering premium mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) treads a familiar BMW X family path combining rugged off-road looks with sporting presence.

The exterior dimensions of the all-new BMW X3 may be largely unchanged, but its five-centimetre-longer wheelbase, long bonnet and extremely short front overhang with finely balanced proportions emphasises the perfect 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle – give it the edge over its predecessor.

On the front end, the expressive “three-dimensional” kidney grille treatment and fog lamps featuring a hexagonal design for the first time on a BMW X model underline the confident character of the all-new BMW X3. Moving to the rear, the three-dimensional LED light clusters, markedly downward-sloping roof spoiler, and twin exhaust tailpipes allow the all-new BMW X3 to look suitably muscular.

Two trim variants adapt the visual character of the all-new BMW X3 to tie in even more closely with the customer’s personal taste.

The BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport is for those drivers who want some special performance from their cars. Better handling and a little more ooomph for them. (photo courtesy of BMW PH)

The all-new BMW X3 xDrive20d xLine model – with radiator grille and other exterior details in Aluminium satinated and specifically designed 19-inch light-alloy wheels – emphasises the robustness of the Sports Activity Vehicle.

The all-new BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport model focuses its attention on the dynamic gifts of the all-new BMW X3 with M aerodynamic features, a particularly dramatic design on the 19-inch light-alloy wheels, and the new exterior paint shade of Phytonic Blue.

Comfort-oriented interior with a luxurious ambience.
The xLine model focuses on pureness and elegance, and is standard-fitted with full Vernasca leather upholstery sports seats. It also comes with décor stitching and interior trim strips in black high-gloss with highlight trim finishers in Pearl Chrome.

The M Sport model, on the other hand, provides an athletic visual showcase with an M Sport leather steering wheel, sports seats, anthracite-coloured BMW Individual headliner and new interior trim strips in Aluminium Rhombicle in the interior.

Even from the rear the all-new BMW X3 is a stunner. photo courtesy of BMW PH)

Evidence of the attention to detail lavished by the designers on the interior of the all-new BMW X3 also includes the BMW X logo, which recurs frequently in different forms. For example, there is an embossed X in the electroplated accents on the front and rear doors and another on the B-pillars.

Seamless connectivity between owners, their cars, and the outside world.
The all-new BMW X3 also excels when it comes to controllability and driver assistance systems. In addition to the latest version of the BMW iDrive system fitted as standard, the Navigation system Professional opens up the touchscreen and gesture control – functions which have so far been exclusive to the current BMW 7 Series and new BMW 5 Series. The 10.25” touch sensitive central display provides a quick summary of the most pertinent information, and offers users intuitive access to whatever they are looking for. Gesture control allows numerous infotainment system and telephone functions to be operated intuitively using finger and hand gestures.

Enhanced sporting prowess and exceptional efficiency in all terrain.
The all-new BMW X3 is powered by a 2-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engine producing a 190 hp and 400 Nm. The power unit stems from the latest generation of BMW engines and operate even more efficiently than the models they replace. Further improvements have also been made to the efficiency of both the eight-speed Steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles and the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

And if that is not enough, the new BMW X3 xDrive20d xLine is available at Php 4,390,000.00 while the all-new BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport is priced at Php 4,590,000.00. Not really much affected by the last excise tax round, this should be a neat treat for BMW lovers and those who want to upgrade.

The author is a certified motorhead and has been a journalist for the past 30 years. He will be a journalist all his life. He thinks he is famous and his mother agrees. His father has another opinion on that matter.
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