BMW X3 Facelift returns with diesel engine in India, priced at INR 65.50 Lakh

Electric vehicles are the future, but for now automakers want you to get more out of these ICEs before they’re discontinued. No one could have ever thought that Audi would stick to a petrol-only range in India and since they did, people looking for fuel-efficient SUVs have very few options. Interestingly, BMW is one such option and to be precise, the German brand today introduced the all-new X3 Diesel at Rs.65.50 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the Indian market.

Thinking of buying a luxury SUV for your family? Let’s take a look at the all-new BMW X3 facelift below.

STRONG POINTS:

  • The diesel version of the updated X3 facelift is now available in India.
  • Will come powered by the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine.
  • It is currently priced at Rs.65.50 Lakhs for a limited period.

BMW X3 Facelift (Diesel)

Exterior design

The X3 has always felt well balanced in terms of design. Updates are only there to keep it fresh. Starting with the front profile, the SUV now features a new pair of LED headlights with revised DRLs and a restyled bumper. Coming to the side, it is now flanked by alloy wheels ranging in size from 19 to 20 inches.

The rear profile also received a minor redesign in the form of revised taillights, a sports bumper and dual exhaust tips.

Image source: BMW Group Press

Interior

Inside the cabin, X3 is now available with two massive screens where the first is assigned to a 12.3-inch all-digital driver display. Interestingly, there’s another screen in the center reserved for a massive 12.35-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Just like a typical BMW car, the updated X3’s dashboard uses a simple approach and is therefore equipped with large air vents, a multifunction steering wheel and three-zone climate control. Other features such as a Harman Kardon audio system, 360 degree camera, panoramic sunroof and ambient lighting are also part of the feature list.

Interior of the BMW X3 Facelift
Image source: BMW Group Press

Motor

The older but capable 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel mill is still there to power the updated X3. As the brand claims, it produces a whopping 188BHP and 400Nm of peak torque just to push this heavy SUV into a 0-100km/h sprint in just 7.9 seconds.

What’s interesting about the updated X3 is that it also gets an 8-speed automatic gearbox where power is sent to all four wheels. BMW also claims a top speed of 213 km/h for this SUV.

Alternatives

Rivals are responsible for keeping the competition heated. Last year, Mercedes-Benz launched one of its bestsellers, the all-new GLC in India and in this way, it is also a direct competitor to the recently launched BMW X3 facelift. You want to know more ? Let’s see some crucial information about it below.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Mercedes-Benz-GLC-SUV
Image source: Mercedes Benz Media Group

Raw, robust and practical. Well, that’s how many of us remember GLC. Is not it? The German marque updated the SUV last year and thankfully it still feels modern enough to rival the all-new X3.

It is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with an overall output rated at 194 hp and 400 Nm of peak torque. Interestingly, just like the new X3, it’s even available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. Speaking of features, the updated GLC comes with dual-zone climate control, a 12.3-inch all-digital driver display, power sunroof, and voice control to name a few. only a few. For more details on this, click here.

Quick comparison: Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. BMW X3

Mercedes-Benz GLC BMW X3
Motor 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel

2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol

2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel

2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol

Power 194BHP

197BHP

188BHP

248BHP

Couple 400Nm

320Nm

400Nm

350Nm

Highlights
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Four driving modes
  • Dual zone climate control
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Four driving modes
  • Three-zone climate control
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs.61 Lakhs to Rs.66.90 Lakhs Rs.59.90 Lakhs to Rs.65.90 Lakhs

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