First M Performance model in the X3 range displays a sharper dynamic edge.
The new BMW X3 M40i is the first ever M Performance model in the X3 line- up and sets new standards with its sharper dynamics, high level of exclusivity and standout emotional appeal. Developed with an insatiable appetite for revs and superb pulling power, the 3.0-litre M Performance six-cylinder in-line engine ensures the X3 M40i sits at the top end of the model range. Output of 265 kW/360 hp (fuel consumption combined: 8.4 – 8.2 l/100 km [33.6 – 34.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 193 – 188 g/km)* propels the flagship X3 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in an impressive 4.8 seconds. The X3 M40i also includes a wealth of model-specific set-up and equipment features, which both underpin and lend added impact to the exceptional performance credentials of this SAV.
Among these features are the standard – and strikingly dynamic – M Performance-specific exterior design cues, which include the M Aerodynamics package with design elements finished in Cerium Grey. The flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system with Black Chrome tailpipe embellishers, M Sport brakes, M Sport suspension with M Performance- specific tuning, variable sport steering and 20-inch cast light-alloy wheels also come as standard. The X3 M40i can be specified as an option with adaptive M Sport suspension, which covers an even wider spread of ride comfort and sportiness set-up options.
The BMW X3 M40i leaves the factory equipped with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission complete with Launch Control. This transmission is a perfect match for the engine’s dynamic characteristics and can be operated using shift paddles on the steering wheel. In addition, its xDrive all-wheel-drive system has a far more pronounced rear bias than on the other model versions. The Performance Control feature integrated into the DSC system and acting on the rear wheels has been reconfigured to produce the dynamism, agility and traction for which M models have made their name. Moving into the cabin, sports seats and the sprinkling of “M40i” logos adorning, for instance, the front door sill strips and instrument panel provide further visual emphasis of the car’s performance capabilities.
Seamless connectivity between owners, their cars and the outside world.
The new BMW X3 also excels when it comes to controllability and driver assistance systems. In addition to the iDrive Controller fitted as standard, specifying the Navigation system Professional opens up the possibility of touchscreen and gesture control – functions which have so far been exclusive to the current BMW 7 Series and new BMW 5 Series. The optional touch- sensitive central display provides a quick summary of the most pertinent information and offers users intuitive access to whatever they are looking for. Gesture control allows numerous infotainment system and telephone functions to be operated intuitively using finger and hand gestures. The vehicle can also be controlled using the Voice Assistant, which offers the most advanced level of natural voice control currently available. This enables drivers to formulate their request in natural, everyday language instead of having to use set spoken commands.
BMW Personal CoPilot: a comprehensive line-up of driver assistance systems.
When it comes to driver assistance and (semi-)automated driving, all the systems currently offered by BMW are available, such as the latest generation of Active Cruise Control (ACC), whose capabilities include braking the car to a halt in stop-and-go traffic and automatically pulling away again. The Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Assistant (est. from December 2017) and Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision protection all form part of the optional Driving Assistant Plus safety package and work via active steering inputs. Together with the Priority warning, Wrong-way warning and Crossing traffic warning systems, these functions enhance both comfort and safety, while also setting standards in the class.
The optional Head-Up Display allows the most important driving-related information to be projected directly into the driver’s field of vision. The Head- Up Display in the new BMW X3 is unrivalled in its segment for graphics, resolution and display options. Another unique feature that the new BMW X3 boasts over its competitors is the Remote 3D View function, which can be used to beam a three-dimensional view of the car’s immediate vicinity directly to a smartphone.
Intelligent Emergency Call with extended functionality.
The standard built-in SIM card also allows drivers of the new BMW X3 to use Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic locating and accident severity detection. With the new BMW Teleservice Accident Assistance, the vehicle now also detects low-speed collisions below the threshold for airbag deployment. The driver receives a message in the iDrive display offering to contact the BMW Accident Assistance service directly. A push of a button is all it takes to obtain professional support from the BMW Accident Assistance team, who can also put the customer in touch with a BMW Service Partner if necessary.
Linked up to the user’s digital world thanks to BMW Connected.
The digital services from BMW Connected bring intelligent connectivity to the new BMW X3 and interface the car with the user’s digital world. With the help of the Open Mobility Cloud platform, the digital services connect to the
BMW X3 via devices such as smartphones or smartwatches, resulting in seamless connectivity. All services revolve around the driver and are presented in an intelligent, personalised form that suits the specific context.
The selection of devices that can connect to the new X3 by means of BMW Connected now ranges from smartphones running the iOS and Android operating systems via smart wearables like the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear (S2 and S3) to the Amazon Echo. Customers can use the Amazon Echo’s Alexa voice service to check the fuel level of their new X3, for instance, lock the vehicle via Remote Services or activate the ventilation function, all by voice control from the comfort of their home.
BMW is the first carmaker to offer Microsoft Office 365 users a secure server connection for exchanging and editing emails, calendar entries and contact details thanks to the car’s built-in Microsoft Exchange function. The options list likewise includes a WiFi hotspot offering a high-speed internet connection (LTE) for up to ten mobile devices. Apple CarPlay is also available.
Parking with ease: ParkNow and On-Street Parking Information.
The ParkNow service allows parking spaces at the roadside and in multi-storey car parks to be easily located, booked and paid for without the need for cash. This can greatly shorten the time taken to find a free space, something which can otherwise turn into a very tedious task and have an added impact on the environment. In-car integration of ParkNow is initially available in Germany, Austria and the USA and will gradually be extended to other markets.
The new On-Street Parking Information (OSPI) service will initially be made available in selected cities in Germany and the USA with the aim of alleviating the problem of vehicles searching for parking spaces – which accounts for a large part of traffic congestion in city centres. OSPI works in a similar way to the Real Time Traffic Information System, using historical and current data to draw conclusions regarding the availability of on-street parking spaces in specific zones or in a particular part of town.
The new BMW X3 will additionally benefit from further, exclusive services to be launched as part of a BMW Connected update in July 2017. These new services will step up the degree of connectivity between user and vehicle once again, while offering increased personalisation.