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The BMW X3 is in its third generation and compared to its predecessors, adopts a brand new design and a slew of technology changes. But, is it good enough to battle the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5?

Carfection recently jumped behind the wheel of the new X3 in Morocco and set about exploring some of the country’s phenomenal roads, ranging from paved surfaces, gravel paths, and right through to desert sand dunes.

The new X3 is slightly larger than the old model, adopting a wheelbase extended by 2.2-inches (5.5 cm) and an impressive 50:50 weight distribution. Inside, customers will enjoy a selection of features including Gesture Control, cloud-based Intelligent Voice Control and a number of digital services through the BMW Connected app.

Depending on the market, customers have variants like the xDrive20d, xDrive 30i, xDrive 30d, and X3 M40i available, the latter of which uses a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine delivering 355 hp. It allows the X3 to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

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