TOKYO — Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (YRC) has secured its first OE fitment with BMW A.G., two versions of its Advan Sport V105 high-performance tire for the German car maker's 2018 compact X3 four-door hatchback SUV.
The latest version of the five-passenger all-wheel-drive X3 debuted in North America last November and will be released gradually in other markets around the world, Yokohama said.
The Advan fitments for the X3 are 225/60R18 104W or 245/50R19 105W, YRC said, the latter of which features Yokohama's run-flat technology.
Yokohama describes the Advan Sport V105 as a tire developed primarily for use on high-power premium automobiles that delivers "excellent" driving performance and "superior" comfort and safety characteristics.
BMW is offering three versions of the X3 — the xDrive20d and xDrive30d, powered by turbocharged inline 2-liter 4- and 6-cylinder engines, respectively, and M40i, a higher performance edition with a 3-liter version of the 6-cylinder engine.
BMW refers to the X3, which it builds in the U.S., as an "SAV," or sports activity vehicle, instead of SUV.