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Here's how much the locally-built BMW X3 will cost

2017-11-21 13:10

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GALLERY: 2017 BMW X3

2017-11-21 12:29

BMW has launched its new X3, displaying dynamic design language, powerful and efficient drive systems and luxurious appointments.

George - BMW has launched the new X3 this week and it is available as of November. The third-generation vehicle will be built at the BMW Plant Roslyn in the first half of 2018. 

The BMW X3 was the car that launched the mid-size SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) segment in 2003.

Since then, BMW has recorded more than 1.5 million new registrations of the X3 across the two model generations so far.

Wheels24's Sean Parker is attending the local launch. Look out for his driving impressions later this week.

GALLERY: 2017 BMW X3

According to the automaker, the X3 is set to write the next chapter in this success story with an even more striking, dynamic design language, powerful yet also efficient drive systems and luxurious appointments.

BMW South Africa reckons they have pumped an additional R160-million into the facility to enhance production line speed. 


The BMW X3 line-up from launch consists of the xDrive20d with four-cylinder diesel engine, the xDrive30d with a straight-six diesel unit, the xDrive30i with four-cylinder petrol engine and the range-topping petrol model, the BMW X3 M40i.

These will soon be followed by the BMW X3 xDrive 20i engine variant, which will be available in both rear-wheel-drive (sDrive) and all-wheel-drive (xDrive) versions.

The automaker claims all the power units stem from the latest generation of BMW engines and operate even more efficiently than the models they replace. Further improvements have also been made to the efficiency of both the eight-speed Steptronic transmission and the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

The cutting-edge BMW TwinPower Turbo technology at the heart of the petrol engines comprises TwinScroll turbocharging, High Precision Injection, Double-Vanos variable camshaft control and Valvetronic fully variable valve timing. The diesel units, meanwhile, employ a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry as well as a common-rail direct injection system generating injection pressures of up to 2500 bar. 


Ferdi de Vos drove the new X3 earlier in October in Portugal and had this to say:

"With its more striking, dynamic design, powerful yet efficient drive systems and quite lavish appointments the new X3 is set to continue to success story of its popular predecessors.

"The quality of its interior trim and design and the quietness of its cabin enhances its appeal even further, and in M40i guise it also blends outstanding driving qualities with sporty looks (perhaps a precursor to a true M model?).

"But with a price tag just under R1-million (without any options added) the new X3 flagship model isn’t exactly cheap, and the same applies to the other models across the range.

"It also remains to be seen how those optional low-profile 20- and 21-inch tyres will cope with local road conditions, particularly rutted dirt tracks. But having moved further upmarket the new X3 makes one wonder if it still makes sense to purchase an X5… All this bodes well for Rosslyn, with local production of the X3 scheduled to start in the first half of next year."

Pricing

Standard Model

8-speed Automatic Transmition 
X3 xDrive 20d - 683 200
X3 xDrive 30i - 739 800
x3 xDrive 30d - 868 300
x3 M40i - 

8-speed Sports Automatic Transmission Steptronic
X3 xDrive 20d -
X3 xDrive 30i - 742 800
x3 xDrive 30d - 871 300
x3 M40i - 991 100

xLine

8-speed Automatic Transmition Steptronic
X3 xDrive 20d - 716 400
X3 xDrive 30i - 772 000
x3 xDrive 30d - 892 900
x3 M40i - 

8-speed Sports Automatic Transmission Steptronic
X3 xDrive 20d -
X3 xDrive 30i - 775 000
x3 xDrive 30d - 895 900
x3 M40i - 

Luxury Line

8-speed Automatic Transmition Steptronic
X3 xDrive 20d -722 300
X3 xDrive 30i - 777 900
x3 xDrive 30d - 892 900
x3 M40i - 

8-speed Sports Automatic Transmission Steptronic
X3 xDrive 20d -
X3 xDrive 30i - 780 900
x3 xDrive 30d - 895 900
x3 M40i - 

M Sport Package

8-speed Automatic Transmition Steptronic
X3 xDrive 20d -735 300
X3 xDrive 30i - 798 100
x3 xDrive 30d - 918 100
x3 M40i - 

8-speed Sports Automatic Transmission Steptronic
X3 xDrive 20d -
X3 xDrive 30i - 801 100
x3 xDrive 30d - 921 100
x3 M40i - 



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