The new third generation BMW X3 arrives in Ireland this November, priced from €58,580.

All of the models available at launch are equipped with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard.

From launch, the BMW X3 line-up consists of the xDrive20d with four-cylinder diesel engine and the the xDrive30d with a straight-six diesel unit.

The eight-speed Steptronic transmission and BMW xDrive intelligent all- wheel-drive system have been improved to add efficiency.

Arriving later will be a xDrive20i petrol engine variant, and the range-topping petrol model, the BMW X3 M40i.

The M40i is the first ever M Performance X3 model. It is powered by a new M Performance 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, which generates 360hp and 500Nm of torque.

There will be a range of Driver Assistance systems available including Active Cruise Control (ACC),  Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Lane Change Assistant and Lane Keeping Assistant.

There will be three trim levels for the new BMW X3 in Ireland: SE (from €58,580), xLine (from €59,950) and M Sport (from €62,390).

The three trim variants each have an individual appearance. The SE model features LED Headlights and taillights as standard, along with aluminium roof rails and a new 18-inch wheel.

The xLine model gets a satin/aluminium radiator grille, more rugged front and rear bumpers with silver metallic side sills along with 19-inch xLine specific wheels.

The sports-oriented M Sport model has M aerodynamic features, optional blue-painted brake callipers, a more dramatic 19-inch wheel design and the optional exterior paint shade of Phytonic Blue.

Standard equipment includes leather seats, 18″ alloys, iDrive Controller, tri-zone climate control, sport steering wheel, ambient lighting, navigation, Park Assist and rear parking camera.

Caroline Kidd