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New gen BMW X3 revealed, locked in for Oz

BMW’s fourth-generation X3 has been unveiled with Aus arrival locked in for Q1 2025

21 Jun 2024

BMW has lifted the curtain on its fourth-generation X3 range, bringing mild hybrid power, renewed technology and a restyle across the now-two-model line-up.


Following its global reveal, BMW Australia confirmed the new X3 models are expected Down Under in Q1 of next year, with pricing and in-depth specifications to be revealed in July.


The updated range consists of two models, giving buyers a choice of the X3 20xDrive or the M50 xDrive, available with petrol-only powertrains.


Unfortunately for PHEV fans, it appears the xDrive30e won’t be making its way to Australia, based on the local announcement, but a 48-volt mild hybrid system is now standard across the range.


The diesel xDrive30d has also departed the line-up.


The incoming X3 20xDrive is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 140kW/310Nm, and the M50 xDrive scores the larger 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine punching out 293kW/580Nm.


The peppier M50 model is capable of hitting 100km/h in 4.6 seconds, shaving 0.2 seconds off its M40i predecessor’s time.


Visual changes are significant, with a redesigned split kidney grille and adaptive LED headlights with dual L-shaped pattern transforming the front end. A deep, sloping roofline and large wheel arches – filled by new 19- and 21-inch wheel designs – add to its dominant stance.


Inside, a flat-bottom steering wheel, new gear shifter, luxury textile instrument panel made from recycled materials and high-definition curved display running the latest Operating System 9 are added.


Standard advanced safety technology includes the usual active and passive systems, while the new X3 also scores the Live Cockpit Professional with head-up display and augmented view functionality.


Cargo space ranges from 570 litres to a maximum of 1700 litres, according to BMW, presumably with the second row folded down.


Incoming X3 models are larger overall, too, measuring 34mm longer with a total length of 4755mm and 29mm wider at 1920mm, but they also sit 25mm lower offering a sportier stance.


Furthering the sporting stance, the track width has increased by 16mm at the front and a sizable 45mm up back.


The double-joint strut front axle and five-link rear axle have also been tweaked to improve turn-in precision, while a 19 per cent front axle caster offset increase helps with straight-line stability.


According to BMW, the various changes equate to better road handling and dynamic prowess, helped along by a stiffer body and adaptive suspension.

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