New BMW X3 Goes To Mars For A Virtual Test Drive

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BMW is inviting enthusiasts to take the new X3 for a spin, from the comfort of their homes/offices, on the Red Planet.

The 3min and 22sec-long video shows the brand's contender to the likes of the Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz GLC, in the top-spec M40i version powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine with 360PS (355hp).

On Earth, this version of the new BMW X3 takes just 4.8 seconds to reach 100km/h (62mph) and it will eventually top out at 250km/h (155mph). However, the lack of oxygen on Mars won't allow it to go anywhere on its own, but this can't stop the X3 from embarking on a virtual mission.

As an added bonus, the 360-degree CGI promo also demonstrates some of its driver assist features, such as the 'BMW Personal Co-Pilot', which is basically the brand's take on semi-autonomous driving. The new X3 can also be had with bunch of other safety gizmos, from the Daytime Pedestrian Protection, to Traffic Jam Assistant, and from Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, to Active Blind Spot Protection.

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