X marks a new spot

BMW’s new X3 has been greatly im­proved and is on its way, writes James Stan­ford in At­lanta

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE mid­dle child of the BMW X fam­ily has been given some spe­cial treat­ment. BMW has re­worked the X3 cross­over, which is on its way to Aus­tralia about March next year.

It is the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of the mid-sized SUV that sits be­tween the small X1 and the large X5 and has con­stant all-wheel drive.

BMW has sub­stan­tially im­proved it, stretch­ing and widen­ing the body to the ex­tent that it is very nearly as big as the first-gen­er­a­tion X5.

There is new front sus­pen­sion, fresh steer­ing, more in­te­rior space, and an im­proved all-wheel drive sys­tem tuned for sportier driv­ing.

BMW builds the X3, along with other X mod­els, in South Carolina.

Value

BMW is yet to lock in prices, but sources sug­gest that prices, at least on the en­try-level petrol and diesel mod­els, will not in­crease over the cur­rent level.

That means you can ex­pect to get the base diesel, the best seller, for about $62,000 and the base petrol for about $69,000.

This is a fair amount of cash, but this is a pres­tige prod­uct with a BMW badge and is sim­i­lar to the cost of an equiv­a­lent 3 Se­ries.

Home stretch: the longer, widerBMW X3 cross­over should ar­rive in March.

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