The All-New BMW X3 Now Available in Singapore
Standout driving qualities on any terrain with unrestricted everyday usability

Singapore. BMW Asia and Performance Motors today launched the all-new BMW X3, a car that is set to write the next chapter of its success story with an even more striking and dynamic design, powerful yet efficient drive systems and luxurious appointments, at this year’s Singapore Motorshow.

BMW Asia and Performance Munich Autos also launched today the all-new BMW X3 M40i, the first ever M Performance model in the X3 line-up, setting 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 all-new BMW X3 M40i sits on the top end of the model range.

Mr. Horst Herdtle, Managing Director of Performance Motors Ltd said, “We are excited to introduce the all-new BMW X3, and the first ever BMW X3 M Performance model, to BMW fans and motoring enthusiasts today. In 2003, the BMW X3 launched the mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment and since then, more than 1.5 million units have been sold globally.”

“On the local front, over 2,000 units of the BMW X3 have been sold in Singapore since its launch in 2004. It has also been the second-best selling BMW X model accounting for almost 30% of total BMW X range sales since 2014. On the back of this success, we are confident that the all-new BMW X3’s performance and versatility will excite our customers in Singapore,” added Mr. Herdtle.

Distinctive looks and a broad spread of model variants accentuate individual character traits
The all-new BMW X3 elevates the already boldly dynamic design of its predecessor to a new, even more eye-catching form. The third generation of the pioneering premium mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) treads a familiar BMW X family path combining rugged off-road looks with sporting presence. The exterior dimensions of the all-new X3 may be largely unchanged, but its five-centimetre-longer wheelbase, long bonnet and extremely short front overhang with finely balanced proportions emphasises the perfect 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle – give it the edge over its predecessor.

On the front end, the expressive “three-dimensional” kidney grille treatment and fog lamps featuring a hexagonal design for the first time on a BMW X model underline the confident character of the all-new BMW X3. Moving to the rear, the light clusters (whose three-dimensional look in full-LED guise gives them considerable visual impact), markedly downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes bring matters to a suitably muscular conclusion.

Three trim variants adapt the visual character of the all-new BMW X3 to tie in even more closely with the customer’s personal taste. For example, the xLine model – with radiator grille and other exterior details in Aluminium satinated and specifically designed light-alloy wheels – emphasises the robustness of the Sports Activity Vehicle.

The M Sport model focuses its attention on the dynamic gifts of the all-new BMW X3 with M aerodynamic features, a sports braking system highlighted by blue-painted callipers, a particularly dramatic wheel design and the optional exterior paint shade of Phytonic Blue. The all-new BMW X3 can now also be specified with BMW Individual features such as the exclusive Sunstone metallic exterior paint finish.

Comfort-oriented interior with a luxurious ambience
The interior of the all-new BMW X3 follows BMW tradition with its driver-focused and ergonomically optimised cockpit layout and carries over many aspects of the car’s exterior design. For instance, hexagonal forms and precise, bevelled edges also play a central role in the interior. The interior as a whole displays exceptional material quality, fit and finish, and impresses functionality-wise. One example here is the well thought-out storage concept, which offers more stowage space than ever before and ensures easier access.

Evidence of the attention to detail lavished by the designers on the interior of the all-new BMW X3 includes the BMW X logo, which recurs frequently in different forms. For example, there is an embossed X in the electroplated accents on the front and rear doors and another on the B-pillars. The optional electroplated accents package adds extra class to the interior in the form of electroplated elements for the window buttons, start/stop button and controls in the centre console.

Model lines create a character-specific ambience
In addition to distinguishing the exterior appearance of the all-new BMW X3 in their own particular variants, the three model lines also take specific approaches on the look and specification of the interior.

The xLine model focuses on pureness and elegance, and is standard-fitted with full Vernasca leather upholstery sports seats. The all-new BMW X3 xDrive30i xLine also comes with contrast stitching and interior trim strips in Fineline Cove while the all-new BMW X3 xDrive30i M Sport and the all-new BMW X3 M40i come with Aluminium Rhombicle.

The M Sport model provides a visual showcase of the all-new BMW X3’s dynamic talents with an M Sport leather steering wheel, sports seats in M-specific look, anthracite-coloured BMW Individual headliner and new interior trim strips in Aluminium Rhombicle in the interior, and the M Aerodynamics package for the exterior. There are also optional BMW Individual features for the interior, centred around three exquisite variants of Merino leather.

The all-new BMW X3 comes standard with a number of new, chiefly comfort-enhancing equipment features not offered for its predecessor. These include three-zone automatic climate control, which adds separate temperature controls for the rear compartment, driver and front passenger. The driver and front passenger can also settle into optional perforated leather climate seats which offer active seat ventilation to maximise comfort when the going gets tough.

To further improve the comfort level of the rear compartment, the angle of the standard 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrests can be adjusted individually thanks to the optional cargo function. This feature also allows the backrests to be released remotely from the load compartment, which expands the standard load capacity of 550 litres to 1,600 litres.

Customers can also give the interior a particularly airy and classier feel with the optional and generously sized panoramic glass roof. Elsewhere, the standard-fitted acoustic glazing of the windscreen contributes to the extremely low noise levels in the interior. The two front side windows are also available with acoustic glazing as an option, ensuring even less wind noise generated around the exterior mirror caps, further reducing noise levels in the interior, even at high speeds.

The all-new BMW X3 can be locked and unlocked using the optional BMW Display Key, a feature from the BMW 7 Series and BMW 5 Series. The BMW Display Key offers a whole series of additional features, such as keeping the driver informed of fuel levels, service or maintenance work due, and if the windows and sunroof are closed.

The standard combination of contour lighting above the trim strip in the instrument panel and ambient lighting, which directs a soft stream of light downwards from below the accent strip, bathes the interior in an extremely classy and relaxing ambience. In darkness, the central monitor appears to be floating above the instrument panel. Customers can choose from six colour tones (Orange, Lilac, Mint, Bronze, Blue and White).

Enhanced sporting prowess and improved comfort over all terrain
The dynamic handling qualities of the all-new BMW X3 are rooted in its ideal 50:50 weight distribution, its meticulously honed chassis and the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which made its debut in 2003 when the first generation of the BMW X3 was launched. Not only has the system been offering superior grip on slippery surfaces, it has benefitted the vehicle’s driving dynamics too. It is interlinked with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), which means that the power split between all four wheels can be constantly varied to always produce the handling characteristics for which BMW is renowned, even when the driver is pressing on. The latest set-up has further enhanced the dynamic prowess of the all-new BMW X3.

Furthermore, the standard Driving Experience Control switch lets the driver choose between various configurations – i.e. ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes – is designed to make the vehicle more dynamic, comfortable and efficient to drive.

Chassis: reduced mass and extra dynamism and comfort
As far as the chassis technology is concerned, the third generation of the BMW X3 continues to rely on its winning formula of a double-joint spring strut axle on the front and a five-link rear axle. At the same time, this refreshingly engaging SAV delivers an even sportier driving experience than its predecessor without compromising on ride comfort. The engineers have succeeded in bringing about a considerable reduction in unsprung mass by fitting aluminium swivel bearings and lighter tubular anti-roll bars as well as optimising wheel location on the front. Plus, handling dynamics, straight-line stability and steering feel have all benefited from the uprated axle kinematics and the Electric Power Steering system with Servotronic function.

In an effort to improve handling dynamics, roll moment has been redistributed a long way to the rear and the rear bias of BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system has been further increased. Intelligent AWD management allows adjustments to be made as the driving situation demands while still maintaining maximum traction.

In its basic specification, the all-new BMW X3 now rides on 19-inch light-alloy wheels, while 21 inch wheels come standard on the all-new BMW X3 M40i. The powerful braking system features lightweight brakes offering optimised performance as well as an Electric Parking Brake. To maximise safety, Driving Stability Control (DSC) including ABS, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Automatic Differential Brake (ADB-X), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Start-Off Assistant and Hill Descent Control (HDC) are all present.

Dynamic options: M Sport suspension, Dynamic Damper Control, M Sport brakes and variable sport steering
The sports suspension that forms part of the M Sport package offers the keen driver firmer suspension and damping, and beefs up the anti-roll bars. Alternatively, there is also the option of Dynamic Damper Control with electronically controlled dampers, which adapts the damper responses to the road surface and driving situation. At the same time, the driver can use the Driving Experience Control switch to vary the basic suspension characteristics as they please between the more comfortable and sportier ends of the scale. The sports braking system included with the M Sport package is available as an individual option. The blue-painted aluminium four-piston fixed callipers at the front and amply proportioned brake discs have high levels of thermal resistance and deliver phenomenal stopping power despite their extremely low weight. Last but not least, the variable sport steering comes as standard on all models.

Perfectly at home on rough terrain, too
The all-new BMW X3 boasts the same off-road skills as its predecessor. The high ground clearance of 204 millimetres helps to ensure unhindered progress, not only when travelling along rutted gravel or sand tracks, over churned-up ground or in deep snow, but also on city centre roads with high speed bumps. The approach angle (25.7°) and departure angle (22.6°) of the all-new BMW X3 together with its breakover angle of 19.4° provides plenty of margin for negotiating steep sections or crests. With a fording depth of 500 millimetres, the all-new BMW X3 can tackle water crossings with ease.

Supreme driving pleasure, exceptional efficiency
The all-new BMW X3 line-up consists of the xDrive30i and the range-topping X3 M40i. All the power units stem from the latest generation of BMW engines and operate more efficiently than the models they replace. Further improvements have also been made to the efficacy 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 of TwinScroll turbocharging, High Precision Injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft control and Valvetronic fully variable valve timing.

Eight-speed Steptronic transmission for all engine variants
All the engines are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission matched to the respective power unit’s specific performance characteristics. The transmission is likewise designed to be even more efficient, helping to lower fuel consumption and emissions.

BMW xDrive: further improvements in terms of efficiency and weight
All of the all-new BMW X3 models launched are equipped with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard. The new generation models enjoy the benefits of a more efficient and lighter rear differential and a modified transfer case, which made its debut in the current BMW 7 Series, and which operate far more efficiently, representing yet another fuel-saving measure.

Intelligent lightweight design enhances both agility and efficiency
Lowering the vehicle weight is a key factor in the efficiency and agility of the all-new BMW X3. For this reason, intelligent lightweight design is integrated into all areas of development and encompasses every component. In addition to the inclusion of plastics and state-of the-art composites, the increased use of aluminium components in the engine and suspension systems has also reduced the weight of the relevant assemblies. As a result, the all-new BMW X3 is up to 55 kilograms lighter than its respective predecessor models with similar specifications.

Aerodynamic honing has exceptional results: Cd = 0.29.
The all-new BMW X3 boasts a class-leading drag coefficient of Cd = 0.29. Reducing aerodynamic drag not only helps to lower fuel consumption, it also has a beneficial effect on noise levels. Besides its aerodynamically optimised proportions, the all-new BMW X3 also features additional underbody cladding, that provides unprecedented underbody sealing. Further refinements, such as the restyled roof spoiler with aero edges at the sides and active air flap control, round off its aerodynamic superiority. The latter regulates the flow of cooling air for the engine, brakes and air conditioning with even greater flexibility, and offers both aerodynamic benefits and further potential for savings in terms of energy and heat management.

The BMW X3 M40i: new flagship model combines muscle with manners
The all-new BMW X3 M40i is the first ever M Performance model in the X3 line-up with a 3.0-litre M Performance six-cylinder in-line engine and a wealth of model-specific set-up and equipment features, which both underpin the added impact to the exceptional performance credentials of this SAV.

Among these features are the 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 21-inch cast light-alloy wheels also come as standard features. The all-new BMW X3 M40i comes standard with adaptive M Sport suspension, which covers an even wider spread of ride comfort and sportiness set-up options.

The all-new 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 Dynamic Stability Control (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. In the interior, the “M40i” logo adorns the sports seats, the front door sill strips and instrument panel, which provide further visual emphasis of the car’s performance capabilities.

Seamless connectivity between owners, their cars and the outside world
The all-new BMW X3 also excels when it comes to controllability and driver assistance systems. In addition to the iDrive Controller fitted as standard, the Navigation system Professional opens up the touchscreen and gesture control – functions which have so far been exclusive to the current BMW 7 Series and new BMW 5 Series. The 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, the Approach control warning and Person warning with city braking function, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Crossing-traffic warning rear and Speed Limit Info, all form part of the Driving Assistant Package that comes standard with the all-new BMW X3 xDrive30i M Sport and the all-new BMW X3 M40i. These functions enhance both comfort and safety, while setting the benchmark in its class.

The Head-Up Display that is standard on the all-new BMW X3 xDrive30i M Sport and the all-new BMW X3 M40i, allows the most important driving-related information to be projected directly into the driver’s field of vision. The Head-Up Display in the all-new BMW X3 is unrivalled in its segment for graphics, resolution and display options. Another unique feature that the all-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 all-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 all-new BMW X3 and connect the car with the user’s digital world. All the services revolve around the driver and are presented in an intelligent, personalised form that suits the specific context.

The all-new BMW X3 is now available for viewing at the Performance Motors showroom and Performance Munich Autos showroom.

Additional information enclosed:
1. The all-new BMW X3 prices.
2. The all-new BMW X3 specifications.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Performance Motors Limited / Performance Munich Autos
Public Relations
Belinda Bay

Public Relations Executive
Kenny Chong
+65 63190 268

About Performance Motors Limited (PML)
Performance Motors Limited (PML) is a member of the Sime Darby Group and has been the dealer of BMW cars and BMW motorcycles in Singapore since 1979.

PML has achieved various accolades in the area of sales achievement and service excellence in its 39-year history in the luxury segment.

2002 - In an industry first, PML initiated a customer lifestyle and rewards programme which evolved into the ‘BMW 7 Series Privileges Programme Plus’ – a distinctive lifestyle and rewards programme that is exclusively available to owners of new BMW 7 Series in Singapore. Exclusive premium experiences covering golfing, driver training, chauffeur services and lifestyle have been specially designed with the discerning taste of the BMW 7 Series customers in mind.

2003, 2004 - PML received awards from BMW Asia in recognition of the BMW 7 Series’ segment leadership.

2005 – PML sales powered to the top of the Singapore luxury car market. PML added to its collection of BMW awards the Best Sales performance in the Asian region. PML sales established BMW as the leading premium car brand in Singapore.

2006, 2007– PML claimed market leadership among premium car brands in Singapore for three consecutive years. The flagship BMW 7 Series limousines used to transport world leaders during the 2006 World Bank meetings and all key government events was once again reaffirmed as the choice for leaders as the official car for various high-profile events such as Barclays Singapore Open, the ASEAN Ministerial Meetings and the Singapore Airshow.

2008 - PML opened the new Sime Darby Performance Centre, the benchmark BMW Sales and Aftersales facility in Asia in September. The two existing premises at the Sime Darby Centre and in East Coast Centre continue to serve BMW customers and strengthen PML’s service excellence in conjunction with this new Performance Centre at 303 Alexandra Road.

2009 - BMW continued to be the limousine of choice for the APEC meetings. PML was honoured as one of the Top 3 entries in the Conquest BMW 7 series of BMW Excellence in Sales 2009 categories, the international competition for outstanding sales performance.

2010 – PML broke the 4,000 unit sales record and set a new milestone in its retail history with a remarkable achievement of being the Top Luxury Car Brand in Singapore. PML reopened its refurbished Aftersales facility in East Coast Centre (ECC) at 280 Kampong Arang Road.

2011 - PML became the first ever luxury car brand and dealer to surpass the competition, in a highly competitive car market that has traditionally been dominated by volume driven marques. This is the first ever situation anywhere in the world where BMW is the leading car brand.

2012 – PML continued its trailblazing success and retained pole position as the Number One car brand in Singapore for a second consecutive year. PML’s Motorrad division proudly recorded a year-on-year increase in sales of 50%. BMW continued to be the official limousine brand for the Barclays Singapore Open for the sixth consecutive year.

2013 - BMW was appointed the official limousine brand of the 2013 International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference. Performance Motors sponsored a fleet of 220 units of BMW 5 and 7 Series for the high-profile conference dedicated to maritime defence. BMW Motorrad achieved remarkable growth to become the top selling luxury bike brand in Singapore for the second consecutive year.

2014 – PML announced the official inauguration of a new BMW facility at 315 Alexandra Road, which integrated a new BMW Motorrad showroom and an Aftersales facility dedicated to BMW Fast Lane services. BMW fleets continued to be the choice limousines for the Singapore Airshow 2014, BNP Paribas WTA Finals 2014 and Louis Vuitton High Jewellery event.

2015 - BMW was the preferred limousine brand to chauffeur delegates for the World Engineers Summit 2015 and the Asia Pacific Homeland Security 2015. PML also welcomed the launch of BMW ConnectedDrive, as well as, the all-new BMW 7 Series.

2016 - PML recorded an all-time high for new car registrations and was named the Best Dealer in Sales at BMW Group’s Excellence in Sales Awards 2016. PML also launched the Future Retail concept at the newly renovated BMW showroom at Sime Darby Performance Centre, which sets new standards in the automotive industry through the use of innovative digital tools and engaging retail environment. As a leading luxury car brand in Singapore, BMW remained the preferred limousine brand for the Singapore Airshow 2016, SMBC Singapore Open 2016 and Louis Vuitton High Jewellery Event 2016. BMW was also proudly designated as the limousine brand of choice for the Singapore Beach Polo Championship 2016, Singapore International Water Week 2016 and National Gallery Singapore Gala 2016.

2017 –PML continued to trailblaze and achieved yet another sterling record of high performance in a second consecutive year. The introduction of five new BMW iPerformance models and an updated BMW i model saw PML cementing its position as the industry leader for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) in Singapore. BMW was appointed the official car brand for numerous prestigious and high profile events including ASEAN Tourism Forum 2017, SMBC Singapore Open 2017, Singapore Yacht Show 2017, IMDEX Asia 2017, Miss Universe Singapore 2017 and Singapore International Energy Week 2017.

About Performance Munich Autos
Performance Munich Autos is the world’s first dedicated BMW M dealership in Singapore that holds the retail rights to a full range of BMW M and BMW M Performance Automobiles.
Performance Munich Autos Showroom is located at 315 Alexandra Road Singapore 159944. 
Showroom opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 8am - 7pm, Sunday and Public Holidays, 10am – 6pm. 

For more information or enquiries, visit or call (+65) 6333 3933.
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