The BMW X3 has always been a popular all-rounder for everyday life. Combining versatility, efficiency, luxury, and BMW driving dynamics, it’s no wonder that it sells so well. Just refreshed for the 2015 model year, the model enjoys subtle styling upgrades to mimic the freshest BMW designs. Also, a new four-cylinder diesel joins the lineup. However, expect a full redesign for the 2017 model year. This redesign will entail upgraded power, a new modular design which should improve interior space and comfort, and the latest BMW technology. A plug-in hybrid is even in the works.The most exciting news, however, is the announcement that the X5 M and X6 M have a little brother on the way.
While the current 2015 X3 easily meets most peoples’ needs, expect the 2017 version to go above and beyond. According to the German publication Autobild, BMW wants to make sure that they cover all possible ground with the redesign, so in addition to the current, versatile model lineup now, look for an M-Performance model likely dubbed the X3M40i, with a 3.0-liter inline six producing upwards of 340 horsepower.
Do not confuse this with an official M car—but don’t worry; sources hint at an all-out X3 M likely due sometime after that, sharing the new screamer-of-a-mill S55 engine, good for at least the 425 horsepower it currently provides in the new M3 and M4. We speculate upwards of 450ponies for the 2017 X3. Expect a 15-horsepower increase in both of the the non-M gasoline models.
Note: Current BMW X3 pictured here.
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2017 BMW X3
Another exciting addition to the X3 lineup will be a plug-in hybrid model. A 90-horsepower electric motor will be coupled with the 240-horsepower, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine for a combined output of roughly 330 ponies and around 400 pound-feet of torque. BMW hints at a near 30-mile electric-only range, which should work out perfectly for environmentally friendly grocery-getters. According to Leftlane , the new electric-hybrid should deliver 62 mpg. Not too shabby.
Pricing has not been announced yet, but expect a modest increase across the board. Look for a 2016 release date, and a road test as soon as we can get our hands on one.
Land Rover’s Evoque certainly has the looks part down-pat, with concept-car styling and a gorgeous interior to boot. Off-road capability, Land Rover prestige, and good performance are several strengths. However, the Evoque is marred by a cramped interior, rough-sounding engine, and harsh ride. Prices start at around $42,000.
Gallery Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Audi’s Q5 is a very popular offering, too, possessing typical Audi traits that consumers love: classy looks, proven quattro AWD, and an impeccably crafted interior. However, driving dynamics are somewhat lacking compared to the BMW, with a considerably less powerful engine, slower acceleration, and spongy handling. Nevertheless a solid choice, the Audi Q5 starts at $37,300.
Hot off the heels of the original X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, the BMW X3 , introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model, was an instant success. Based on the legendary E46 3 Series platform, the X3 burst onto the scene with the 330i’s creamy 225-horsepower, inline-six engine and typical BMW driving dynamics. It received minor updates throughout its unusually long product cycle, finally receiving a redesign and shifting to a much larger platform in 2011. The second-generation X3 was nearly as large as the original X5 , which BMW introduced in 2000.
Since the second-generation redesign, sales have gradually increased, with more than 150,000 examples finding homes in the U.S. last year. This most recent update for 2015 — notable for styling and interior tweaks, along with the addition of a thrifty yet powerful diesel engine — should help ensure this increasing sales trend continues unabated. Stay tuned for more information on the 2017 redesign as we receive it.
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