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All eyes on new BMW X3, X4 models

James Kon

QAF Auto, the sole importer of BMW vehicles in the Sultanate, yesterday launched the much-anticipated new BMW X3 and BMW X4 models at its Beribi showroom – the BMW X3 xDrive20i and BMW X4 xDrive20i M sports package.

The launching saw the first buyer of the new BMW X3, Hajah Aidah Silmi Millatina binti Mohd Noh, accompanied by her husband Mohammad Aale Soufi bin Haji Mohd Yakub, receiving a 16-inch MacBook Pro from QAF Auto General Manager Alisa Khoo.

In an interview with the Weekend, Mohammad Aale Soufi said, “We have been eyeing the X3 since we purchased the BMW 3 series (G20) last year. We wanted to buy a family car.

“At first we were interested in the previous model, but then I found out that the latest X3 will be released soon. When we received word that the new model was coming to Brunei, we decided to get this car,” he said.

“We like the car because of its solid handling and smooth transmission. I did a test drive of the previous model in a rainy condition, and it was solid. We commute daily from Bandar to Kuala Belait for work, so we needed a bigger and a more solid car.”

ABOVE & BELOW: QAF Auto General Manager Alisa Khoo with first buyer Hajah Aidah Silmi Millatina binti Mohd Noh and her husband Mohammad Aale Soufi bin Haji Mohd Yakub infront of the new BMW X3 model; and a BMW X4 model on display at the BMW showroom in Beribi. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

The couple also expressed gratitude to QAF Auto for the gift.

Meanwhile, the two new models can be viewed at the BMW showroom in Beribi, while test drive units will be available in the upcoming weeks. Those interested to book a test drive can make an appointment. The showroom will also open tomorrow from 10am to 5pm in conjunction with the launch.

The new models use similar xDrive20i engines, producing comparable performances. Top speed for the vehicles is at 215 kilometres per hour, while the acceleration is at 8.3 seconds from zero to 100km/h.

Both the BMW X3 and BMW X4 have a luxurious interior feel, with superb and precise handling, and boosted fuel efficiency.

The BMW X3 offers a bigger cabin space as the model is a sports activity vehicle (SAV), while the X4 is a sports activity coupe (SAC).