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CarAdvice podcast 140: Take a ride in the Jimny, and sporty wagons!

This week, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and Mike Stevens. In car news, the Mitsubishi ASX, the BMW X3 M and X4 M Competition, and the Alpina B7 XDrive have been revealed. Plus, the Fiat 500C Spiaggina '58 has been confirmed for Australia, and the Liberal National Party has backed a proposal for manufacturers to share service data with independent repairers...

2019 BMW X3 M, X4 M Competition revealed

BMW M GmbH has revealed the first-ever X3 M and X4 M, complete with more powerful Competition variants, ahead of an Australian arrival during the second half of 2019. First up, power. The X3 M and X4 M twins both house a twin-turbo inline-six under the bonnet, making 353kW and 600Nm. Jumping to the M Competition – that's right, there's a Competition – boosts that power output to a whopping 375kW...

2019 BMW X3, X4 M teased again

BMW has teased its upcoming pair of super-SUVs, sharing a video of the X3 M and X4 M twins on Facebook. First shown as prototypes at the DTM Nurburgring event last year, the hotted-up pairing is aimed squarely at the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 with its 4.0-litre turbocharged bent-eight engine...

BMW Australia initiates second phase of Takata recall - UPDATE

BMW Australia has announced it will be commencing the next phase of its Takata airbag recall work this month, detailing a staggered repair schedule over the coming year. UPDATE, 6/12/18: The contents of the table originally provided were inaccurate. We have updated the initiation schedule below...

BMW X3 PHEV coming next year - report

BMW's CEO has confirmed the marque is planning an X3 plug-in hybrid for launch next year, according to new reports from overseas. In a statement released to overseas media, Harald Kruger, CEO for BMW said the mid-size SUV would gain a PHEV variant sometime next year, joining the already-revealed, larger X5 xDrive45e iPerformance...

BMW recalls 1.6 million diesels globally over fire risk

BMW has extended a safety recall for diesel vehicles across various model lines over a potential fire risk – now affecting around 268,000 units in the UK and 1.6 million globally. According to the Bavarian marque, the fault could see the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler can leak glycol liquid, which could result in "smoldering particles" when combined with high temperatures in the EGR modules and "typical soot particles"...

2019 BMW X3 M and X4 M outed

BMW’s M GmbH division has announced - to nobody’s surprise - the imminent reveal of the first X3 M and X4 M hotted-up crossovers. The hi-po pair will be shown in prototype forms at this weekend’s DTM race at the Nürburgring, ahead of what is expected to be a reveal at the Paris motor show this October. The obvious rivals are the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SUV and Coupe models...

2020 BMW iX3 spied

Photographers have captured images of the upcoming BMW iX3 undergoing testing in Europe, giving us a closer look at the company's first all-electric SUV. Looking very much like the Concept iX3 that previewed it in April – as is the BMW norm these days – the iX3 prototype seen here appears to borrow much of its sheetmetal from the standard X3, albeit with minor modifications...

2018 BMW X3, X4 recalled

BMW Australia has issued a recall for the 2018 model-year X3 and X4 crossovers over concerns of a fault with the braking system. The manufacturer reports that "there is a possibility of air being trapped in the hydraulic braking system", which can cause the rear brake circuit to fail, or in "extreme circumstances" the brake pedal may "travel to the floor"...

BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, X3 added to Takata recall

BMW Australia has issued a recall across its previous-generation 1 Series, 3 Series, and X3 model lines as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. This latest notice affects driver's airbags fitted to 'E8x' 1 Series, 'E9x' 3 Series and 'E83' X3 models, sold from 1 June 2004 through 30 June 2015...

2004-07 BMW X3 added to Takata recall

BMW Australia has issued a recall for the first-generation X3 SUV sold from 2004 to 2007 as part of the ever-expanding Takata airbag recall. According to the manufacturer, faulty Takata airbags may have been used as replacement units for the original Petri inflators "during the service history of some vehicles" – specifically models fitted with the 'SA0255' sports steering wheel...