BMW X3 M launched in India: First-ever M car in mid-size SAV segment

BMW India introduced the first-ever M car in its mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment with the launch of BMW X3 M.

The BMW X3 M is designed to offer standout performance characteristics, personified with squarely geared features to meet the functional requirements of a high-performance car, said a press release.

It is now available in the country as a completely built-up unit. The ex-showroom price of BMW X3 M is Rs 99,90,000.

Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India, said, “BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment is a testament to a remarkable success story. The introduction of a high-performance mid-size SAV will further strengthen our presence in the segment and entice new driving experiences. Uniqueness of the first-ever BMW X3 M lies in a newly developed powerful engine and sophisticated chassis technology. This vehicle, to the very last detail, offers a unique combination of luxury and sporting dynamics, providing an exciting, safe and novel driving experience to our customers.”

According to the press release, the exterior design of the car takes the typical muscular proportions shared by all BMW X models. Its long wheelbase, short overhangs, slightly hexagonal wheel arches, crisp lines and clean-cut surface contouring completes the picture with a sprinkling of tell-tale M features for that extra dose of sporting supremacy.

The all-new model sports a BMW kidney grille with black double bars. The signature M gills are integrated into the Air Breathers on the front flanks. The exterior mirrors’ special M design brings about a further reduction in aerodynamic drag. The standard equipment also includes 20-inch M light-alloy wheels.

The interior, added the release, creates a sporty and luxurious ambience. The unmistakable M-style cockpit design has electrically adjustable sports seats with memory, Vernasca leather upholstery, ambient lighting, an M-specific instrument cluster and a restyled M selector lever.

The addition to the BMW M GmbH line-up in the mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment also heralds the arrival of a newly developed six-cylinder in-line engine with superlative performance. The engine stands out with its familiar M high-revving character, the latest M TwinPower Turbo technology update, plus track-tested cooling and oil supply systems.

The engine generates maximum output of 353 kW/480 hp from its 3.0-litre displacement, together with peak torque of 600 Nm (442 lb-ft), & goes from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h. The M xDrive system has a rear-wheel bias and offers four driving modes that optimise performance.

The engine is complemented with a sophisticated chassis technology, tuned astutely to marshal the engine’s prowess and provide sublime dynamics.

The first-ever BMW X3 M is loaded with cutting-edge BMW safety technologies. It also features a 12.3-inch Multifunction Display touchscreen, iDrive Touch Controller, multifunction steering wheel’s buttons and the voice control feature along-with the optional BMW Gesture Control.