Pleasanton Finds Practical Power in the Stunning New 2019 BMW X3

In the luxury auto market, to stand still for too long is an admission of defeat--and it's why the recent major redesign to BMW's X3 compact SAV came at the perfect time. The compact segment is one of the most competitive in California, and the exciting changes to this model last year made it a true standout option. For 2019, trim levels include the all-new rear-wheel-drive BMW X3 sDrive30i, the all-wheel-drive xDrive30i, and the BMW X3 M40i.

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Interior Design and Cabin Comforts

The premium crossover got a welcomed makeover for key materials and features in the cabin for the 2018 MY; though BMW retained a large number of design cues and overall styling from the previous-gen BMW X3, numerous upgrades make it an even more competitive model. The touchscreen on the dash has been expanded, tri-zone climate control now comes standard, and ventilated front seats add comfort. Classic features and options like leather upholstery, heated seats, and stylish interior accents can still be found across the lineup.

Striking and Style-Forward

BMW didn't do much to change the overall look of the 2018 X3--but that's a good thing. Its style has always been a striking, modern design. However, the grille is more prominent, and the body is slightly larger and wider. New BMW Active Kidney Grille and BMW Air Curtains improve aerodynamics and efficiency, to help the BMW X3 deliver an even smoother driving experience. 2019 models offer M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages to add exterior flair.

Proficient Performance with a Kick

For California drivers who like to make the most of the beautiful variety of travel in our state, the 2019 BMW X3 offers xDrive all-wheel drive standard on most model options--however, a new rear-wheel-drive variant was added for the 2019 MY to offer a more efficient and affordable entry-level option. The base BMW X3 sDrive and xDrive30i offer 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque from a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine, while the more powerful 2019 BMW X3 M40i offers a standard 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, good for 355 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Opt for the M Aerodynamic Kit on the M40i trim for further-improved performance.

Connected and Secure

The new 2019 BMW X3 offers integration features like Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and USB connectivity through the most recent version of the BMW iDrive 6.0 infotainment system, now featured with a larger and easier-to-use touchscreen. Package options can equip this new SAV with features like front-collision warning with city-collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-keep assist with side-collision avoidance, and blind-spot monitor, through the Active Protection system and Driving and Parking Assistant systems.