The third generation of X3 is almost ready to make its official debut worldwide. It will appear later this year as the brand new 2018 BMW X3. It has been spied during its testing in Sweden. Although it was fully under the camouflage, we have noticed that the general shape hasn’t changed a bit. However, we can conclude that it will definitively feature many refreshments all over the body. Furthermore, the new X3 should get more powerful engines and platform too.
The BMW X3 has always been one of the best selling vehicles in its segment. That is probably because the manufacturer managed to merge nice dynamics, great power and luxury in X3. So, if you are looking for good looking and efficient vehicle, then this mid size crossover SUV might be the right choice.
The new BMW X3 will compete against Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLE and the new Volvo XC60.
2018 BMW X3 types of engines and performances
2018 BMW X3 is going to get several types of petrol and diesel engines depending on a market. It will continue with the inline-4 and V-6 engines and this time with a hybrid version too.
So, one option is going to be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. This unit will be able to make around 250 horsepower. The next will be more powerful and it is a 3.0-liter V-6. This engine will be capable of producing 325 horses.
Like we have previously said, the new X3 will receive a hybrid unit as well. It will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor. All together, it will have the output of 308 horses.
As for the gearbox, the engines will be fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive configuration will be standard. However, rear-wheel drive system will be optional.
The X3 M version will get the strongest unit. It will be inline-6 turbocharged engine with the output of even 425 horsepower.
Platform, exterior and interior design
First of all, the new 2018 BMW X3 will be built on CLAR platform which will reduce its weight for 200 pounds. This will improve fuel economy, cut down CO2 emissions and increase performance. Moreover, it will also be slightly larger than its forerunner which will result in more space inside.
As far as the exterior design is concerned, 2018 X3 will look sleek and handsome. On the front fascia we will notice larger kidney grille and sharper headlights which will now feature LED lighting. The whole front will now look taller now. Furthermore, the rear end will get wider LED tail lamps.
Inside, 2018 BMW X3 will be nicely designed with soft-touch materials and plenty of modern technology. All the seats will be comfortable and available with heated and cooled option. As for the safety, it will be offered with blind spot monitors, collision warning, cruise control and so on. Perhaps a rearview camera will be now standard equipment for the next generation model. Moreover, BMW X3 will receive the new display with the infotainment system and the new digital cluster.
Release date and price of 2018 BMW X3
2018 BMW X3 should hit the market later this year. As for the pricing, it is expected to start at around $41,000.