The Recently Redesigned 2019 BMW X3 is a Step Above in Austin

The BMW X3 was all-new for 2018, boasting full updates to the interior, exterior, key tech features, and select materials. The next-gen X3 was longer and wider than previous generations, yielding more front and rear legroom for passengers in the front and back rows, and a retouched infotainment system and upgraded technology gave the new compact SAV a sharp edge over the luxury SUV competition in the Austin area. All of this carries over into the new model year, with some added perks. For 2019, trim levels include the all-new rear-wheel-drive BMW sDrive30i, the all-wheel-drive xDrive30i, and the BMW X3 M40i.



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2019 BMW X3 Interior

Take a quick look, and you may not be able to see any huge changes over the previous generation; BMW has improved the recipe, but they haven't discarded the foundation. Small updates like a prominently-displayed touchscreen--that looks more like the tablet that you're used to than a conventional infotainment system--complement the large list of standard comfort features in this new SAV.

Thanks to the recent size boost, the 2019 BMW X3 is able to offer a practical 28.7 cubic feet of cargo area behind the rear seat, and an impressive 62.7 cubic feet of total storage area. New for the generation, an optional trailer hitch means that the interior and roof are no longer the only ways to haul gear--making this one of the most capable SAVs that BMW has made.

Big, Bold, and Means Business

The biggest changes to the exterior are all in the dimensions--the stronger and bulkier 2019 BMW X3 doesn't look or feel that much larger, but the expansion makes a difference. Standard features on the outside include roof rails and a power tailgate, along with LED headlights and foglights. Options in the M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages can further customize the exterior look.

But it's more than just flash and flair. The 2019 BMW X3 has substance, and it's smarter than ever. Improved aerodynamics are honed by the BMW Active Kidney Grille and BMW Air Curtains, which can both work actively to manage air currents around the vehicle as you drive, optimizing performance and fuel economy. The M Aerodynamic kit, standard on the 2019 BMW X3 M40i, takes things up an extra notch.



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Smarter, Smoother, Better

Standard features like driver-seat memory settings, a 12-speaker audio system, and an updated version of BMW's iDrive 6.0 infotainment interface round out a comfortable daily driver and commuter crossover into a true luxury SAV. Natural language understanding and available Gesture Control makes it easier than ever to command all of the essential functions, from finding the nearest BMW dealership to playing the song that's stuck in your head. Optional add-ons, upgrades, and packages allow drivers to add features like a larger 10.3-inch screen for the media system, wireless phone charging and Apple CarPlay for compatible smartphones, optional Navigation system, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system for ultra-premium listening.

In safety, the new 2019 BMW X3 offers an extensive range of available security and driver-assistance technologies, including the Active Protection system and Driving and Parking Assistant systems.

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Practical and Robust Performance

The 2019 BMW X3 comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine, paired to an 8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission with shift paddles, together good for 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. xDrive All-Wheel Drive comes standard on most 2019 BMW X3 models, but the all-new sDrive30i model features the brand's efficient and smooth-riding rear-wheel-drive system, to help return even better fuel economy for South Austin commuters who are counting their fill-ups.

Upgrade to the M40i trim level for a standard 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine good for 355 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque--this powertrain can hit a max speed of 155 mph, and is capable of a best-in-segment sprint time from 0-60: just 4.6 seconds.

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