This is the third generation BMW X3 and the company has
for the first time introduced a “Luxury Line” variant in the BMW SAV
line-up. We were only too keen to find
out whether this Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) had become savvier.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF BMW X3 LUXURY LINE
1,995cc diesel / In line 4 cylinders with 4 valves
400 Nm @1,750-2,500 rpm
AND FEATURES OF BMW X3 LUXURY LINE
The new BMW X3 Luxury line is a smarter version of the
earlier generation X3. Apart from the fact that it has an intelligent all-wheel
drive system, its intelligent lightweight construction ensures that the car is
55 kilograms lighter as compared to the predecessor.
On the looks front, it has a very sporty appearance.
Since it’s an SUV, though BMW calls it’s a Sports Activity Vehicle, it’s been
made to look aggressive. There is a lot of chrome all around, be it the slats
of the kidney grilles, the chrome plated front, and the tips of the tail pipe.
Not to miss are the air flap control with thin chrome trims. Then there are
these decorative mouldings in the sill cladding and door sill finishers with
‘BMW Luxury Line’ designation. LED lighting is plenty too with accent lighting
with turn indicators, low and high-beam in LED Technology, hexagonally shaped
DRLs and two-part LED tail lights.
The exterior mirrors are electrically foldable, with
automatic anti-dazzle function. Rain sensors, automatic driving lights, welcome
light carpet which is very pronounced at night, automatic operation of tail
gate for opening and closing, panorama glass roof, roof rails and a low slung
roof spoiler make up the external features of the car. The car sits on 19
inches light alloy double-spoke style wheels. The tyres are run flat but with
reinforced side walls. These are 245/50 R19.
AND FEATURES OF BMW X3 LUXURY LINE
Now once you get into the driver’s seat and start looking
around, you notice a lot of features borrowed from the BMW top end sedans for
the X3 Luxury Line. There are 3 climate
zones here, one for those seated at the back and two for the driver and
co-passenger in front. The rear back seats are foldable and are split 40:20:40.
It can be lowered with the press of button in the boot area or can even be
pulled down from the rear seat area too. The rear seat windows have roller
sunblind which can be operated mechanically. The rear seat back rest can be
adjusted by around 9 degrees. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 550
litres extendable to 1,600 litres thanks to rear split seats.Ambient lighting
with six dimmable light designs set your mood for a perfect outing.
The two seats in front get electrical adjustment with
memory function. Like an upmarket five series and seven series sedan, this SAV
too gets loads of luxury. The X3 comes with two sets of key, one a display key
the other a normal one. The display key, however, does not have the function to
move your car by remote from outside, like it does in the BMW 5-series and
But those buying the Luxury Line get the BMW Connected
iDrive. Again, the rectangular screen and the large knob on the centre console
help you navigate through a lot of functions, whether it is your Driver Profile
settings, Vehicle settings, Audio selection or your navigation. Wherever, one
has the function to type in letters there one can write too. The writing can be
done with your finger and though it may look and feel a bit juvenile, it’s a
function no doubt. That’s the iDrive Touch with handwriting recognition. It’s
as if to cock a snook at the competitors, telling them that here I have a
function that you guys do not have! Innovations are pouring in from car makers
by bucket loads!
Then there’s Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth with audio
streaming, handsfree and USB connectivity. There is also a rear-view camera,
park distance control, front and rear, parking assistant, camera and
ultrasound-based parking assistance system, a 600W Harman Kardon Surround Sound
system (16 loudspeakers) , a DVD drive and integrated 20GB hard drive for maps
and audio files, wireless Charging, etc.
The smartphone holder integrated into the centre console allows
inductive, wireless charging for mobile phones and the BMW Display key.
There is plenty of storage space for your small items.
There is one folding compartment below the driver’s side, power socket in the
rear centre console (12V) including USB adapter and storage nets behind the
front seat backrests.
Since it’s an X3, the smartly embossed X logo in chrome
is located on the doors and the centre console. The cabin is well insulated and
it’s very unlikely you can make out you are driving a diesel car. The grunt
from the diesel engine is not at all audible within the cabin.
The Luxury Line model comes with leather upholstery in
Vernasca while the dash area issensatec-covered with contrast stitching and
PERFORMANCE OF BMW X3 LUXURY LINE
Unlike a BMW sedan, this Sports Activity Vehicle is meant
for a bit of rough so I took it on a path less travelled. Here a vehicle is not
about speed, but about the way it handles the rough. And I was very impressed
by the vehicle’s suspension which ensured that a lot of rough was not passed
into the cabin.
Adaptive suspensions, electronically controlled Automatic
Differential Brakes and locks and Dynamic Traction control all come into play
to make my drive through rough land a treat of sorts. The vehicle also has
features like Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.It is the BMW xDrive,
an intelligent all -wheel-drive system, in this all-new BMW X3 which gets to
work by distributing the engine’s power between the front and rear axle
perfectly to suit the driving needs.
Once you are on city roads, the X3 becomes a well behaved
lad. The two-litre four-cylinder diesel engine of BMW X3 xDrive 20d produces an
output of 190 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm at 1750 – 2500 rpm. The car
accelerates from 0-100 km hr in just 8 seconds. The eight-speed Steptronic
automatic transmission performs seamlessly with power delivery perfectly
matched with your driving modes. The steering wheel paddle shifters allow you
to explore speedier drives. The driver can choose between different driving
modes like Ecopro, Comfort and Sport to suit different driving conditions.
There is also an Adaptive mode too which I presume once chosen automatically
engages the Comfort and Sport mode, as the need arises while driving.
The all-new BMW X3 comes with six airbags, Dynamic
Stability Control including Cornering Brake Control, electric parking brake
with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and
crash sensor, among others. There are also ISOFIX child seat mounts in the rear
The new BMW X3 Luxury Line is definitely a
technologically superior car compared to its predecessor and it offers loads of
comfort, safety and practical features. All in all, this SAV is definitely a
lot savvier than I imagined.
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