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