BMW South Africa has added a new edition to its locally manufactured X3 line-up, the BMW X3 Mzansi Edition. While the standard version of the German firm’s midsize SAV (sports utility vehicle in BMW speak) “might be perfectly at home on rough terrain and winding gravel tracks”, ), BMW says, the Mzansi Edition displays a more “athletic dimension” to the X3.

To give the newest edition to the X3 line-up an athletic appearance, the X3 Mzansi Edition sports a range of sporty features to “show off its street smarts”. The standard accessories list includes BMW’s M Sport package; M high-gloss Shadow Line trim, which features blacked-out kidneys and grille surround; M carbon side mirror caps; a rear roof-mounted spoiler finished in gloss black; a rear diffuser finished in a similar hue to the latter item; black chrome tailpipe accents; and M Sport brake callipers finished in red. An electrically operated tow hitch is standard, too. The X3 Mzansi Edition is available in five colour options.

BMW X3 Mzansi Edition
Gloss black spoiler and black chrome tailpipes among the exterior appointments.

In addition to the exterior trim items, as part of the M Sport package, the list of standard features for the interior includes BMW Live Cockpit Professional and wireless smartphone charging. Lifting the interior ambiance, a panoramic glass sunroof and ambient lighting are standard fitment.

Although fitted with a number of sporty accessories, BMW SA says, “the X3 Mzansi Edition remains rugged at its core”. The X3 Mzansi Edition comes equipped with the Munich manufacturer’s xDrive system. The X3 Mzansi Edition is powered by a 2,0-litre turbodiesel engine producing 140 kW and 400 N.m. The four-cylinder unit is linked to BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

The BMW X3 xDrive20d Mzansi Edition will set you back R1 012 938.