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CarAdvice podcast 89: Joe Achilles, BMW fanatic and our guest Down Under

Joining Mandy Turner is Paul Maric and Mike Stevens. In car news this week, the BMW X3 M40i pricing and specs have been released, the Hyundai Santa Fe gets revealed, and the business case for the Chevrolet Bolt hinges on legislation. Plus, Renault Megane RS pricing is to start around $45,000, what does the future holds for Citroen and Peugeot in Australia, and the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been revealed...

2018 BMW X3 M40i pricing and specs

Local pricing and specifications for the BMW X3 M40i have been detailed this week ahead of a July arrival, with the new performance variant to kick off at $99,900 before on-road costs. Serving as the first ever M Performance version of the company's popular SUV, the X3 M40i's spec sheet is headlined by what's under the bonnet – a 265kW/500Nm 3...

2018 BMW X3 sDrive20i pricing and specs

A new entry-level 2018 BMW X3 sDrive20i model has been announced for Australia, following last week's addition of a more affordable new sDrive18i model to the X1 range. Availability of the sDrive20i cuts the price of entry into the new-generation BMW X3 range by $3000, now starting at $65,900 before on-road costs...

2018 BMW X3 scores five-stars ANCAP safety rating

The 2018 BMW X3 has been awarded a five-star rating from independent crash-test authority ANCAP. With a total score of 35.41 out of 38 for adult occupant protection, the X3 returned a perfect score in the side-impact test, and 7.3 out of 8 for the pole test. The car also scored well in child occupant protection testing, with a score of 84 per cent, and offers good pedestrian protection (70 per cent) too...

BMW iDrive 6 review

The latest generation of BMW's well-regarded infotainment system is making its away across the company's line-up, featuring in every new and updated model for the past year or so. Dubbed iDrive 6, the new system maintains its familiar style, with control available by both touchscreen and a button-flanked rotary dial mounted in the centre console...

CarAdvice podcast 73: The fifth-storey Las Vegas car collection

Joining Mandy Turner this week is Paul Maric and Mike Stevens, keeping you up-to-date with the latest in car news. We talk about the Ford Ranger being the number one vehicle in September, GM is strongly committed to Holden for the long-term, Toyota Australia’s Altona factory closes, and the 2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy pricing and specs have been released...

BMW X3 M40i coming to Australia soon

BMW Australia will finally get its hands on a real rival to the Audi SQ5 and Mercedes-AMG GLC43 performance SUVs from mid-2018, priced to match the pair at around $100,000 and primed to beat them from 0-100km/h. This is because the third-generation BMW X3 range, which launches in 'regular' $68,900 20d, $75,900 30i and $83,900 30d forms in Australia in early November, also comes with a new range-topping M Performance variant called the X3 M40i...

2018 BMW X3 pricing and specs

The new-generation 2018 BMW X3 has been detailed for the Australian market this week, ahead of a November lauch. Kicking off at $68,900 plus on-road costs for the entry-level xDrive20d, the new X3 starts nearly $5000 more than the outgoing model - which starts at $63,800...

BMW X3 M coming

BMW says a higher performance M version of its new 2018 BMW X3 is under evaluation with the new model’s more capable platform and underpinnings now able to support the necessary requirements of its M division. The new BMW X3 is based on the same platform as the recently launched BMW 5 Series and 7 Series, giving it access to not only the technology available to these models but also the performance potential of the architecture...

CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 30, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

2018 BMW X3 revealed, Australian launch expected for next year

The all-new 2018 BMW X3 has been officially revealed, bringing a new-generation overhaul to the Bavarian manufacturer's popular mid-sized SUV. Measuring 4708mm long, 1891mm wide and 1676mm tall, the new-generation X3 is 60mm longer, 10mm wider and 1mm taller than its predecessor. Meanwhile, the new car's 2864mm wheelbase is a 54mm gain on the old version...