Time to trade in that old X3 for something much better!

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, with more than 1.5 million registrations from the first two generations alone. Now, for 2018, an all-new X3 is set to roll into showrooms, and the bar has officially been raised. Offered in three different model lines – xLine, Luxury Line, and M Sport – the new X3 brings new looks with standard acoustic glass up front to go with new LED headlights, LED fog lamps, new wheels, a sloped roof, and striking body lines. The redesigned interior is more luxurious than ever and offers an improvement in comfort and functionality while three engine options will bring anywhere between 184 and 360 horsepower of people hauling goodness to your beck and call. And, to top it all off, it’s also the first BMW SAV to be offered with a trailer hitch from the factory.

All told, the new X3 is faster, lighter, and more efficient than ever, with its coefficient of drag rated at just 0.29. It’s also offered with BMW’s CoPilot, which brings things like active cruise control, lane control assist, lane keep assist, and lane change assistant, all being offered as optional equipment. It’s set to go on sale in November of 2017, so let’s dive in and take a good look at what we can expect. After all; it does have to fight for supremacy among competitors like the Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5, and Range Rover Evoque.

Update 6/26/2017: BMW has dropped official specs and images for the new BMW X3. Check out the details below as we continue to update this review throughout the day.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW X3.

  • 2018 BMW X3
  • Year:
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    8-speep Septronic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    248 @ 5200
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258 @ 1450
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    40000 (Est.)
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BMW’s generational shifts rarely bring massive change, but the new X3 actually presents itself with some serious talking points as it rolls into showrooms. To start off, let’s talk about the show that will be cast by the new X3. The roof line has been reworked to have more of a slope to it, which also means the rear hatch is more angular and there’s a serious feeling of length when viewed from the side. The new model also sits more parallel to the ground, effectively putting an end to the slightly raked look of the last-gen model.

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Up front, you can see that there are some pretty major changes in play here. First off, those kidney grilles are now larger and feature the angular louvers. The chrome trim surrounding the grille also features a more angular approach up top, and for this generation, the hood is actually cut out to show off the entire top side of the trim as opposed to it sitting under the tip of the hood. Down below, that little vent that did reside below the grilles is now gone, to make way for a larger air dam than now features a sporty overhang up top. Flanking the air dam is a pair of redesigned corner vents with a unique trim application. Just above those sit a sleek pair of LED foglamps that replace the dated-looking round units of the last-gen model. Then we’ve got the headlights that are now LED as standard and feature the angular LED rings like those found on the BMW M2, for example. Finally, BMW took the time to revamp the hood in a way that extends the body lines and makes them a bit sharper – a feature that also contributes to an overall feeling of length.

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Around back, the X3 is just a tad bit bubblier than before, but the differences aren’t quite so obvious back here. The same general hatch design carries over, however, the hatch is a little wider, as is the rear glass. The new taillights extend a little further onto the hatch, while LED lights with a 3D look are available as an option. The reflector on the corners is now a bit longer, wrapping around the corner while the trim down below has been restyled to provide a sportier appearance and accent the twin tailpipes that are now standard across the board regardless of engine choice. But, that’s not all there is to talk about when it comes to the exterior. Remember how I said there were three different model variants? Well, here they are:

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Then entry-level xLine model gets its own styling tat includes a matt aluminum pair of grilles p front to go with matt aluminum side window graphics. Underbody protection (skid plates) are standard, but the xLine also gets Glacier Silver trim elements all of the way around. Moving up to the Luxury line replaced the matt aluminum grill and window graphics with chrome units while the trim elements are bi-colored to add a bit of extra flare. Both the xLine and Luxury line models can be optioned with 19- or 20-inch light-alloy wheels. Then there’s the M Sport package, which is what you really want. It gets its own aerodynamic kit to go with M Sport brakes, suspension, and exhaust. The rear glass gets a unique Shadow Line window graphic while the M light-alloy wheels can be optioned as large as 21-inches if you’re into big wheels.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 112.8
Length (Inches) 185.9
Width (Inches) 74.4
Height (Inches) 66.0
Overhang front/rear (Inches) 34.3/38.9
Turning circle (Inches) 39.4
Gound clearance (Inches) 8

The Competition

There was a time when SUVs were about as aerodynamic as a barn, and all pretty much looked the same. But, that was then, and this is now. If you compare the new X3 to any of the main competition, it certainly comes out on top in the looks department, and it should, given that fact that it got such an extensive revamp. OF course, that’s accurate if you look at models like the GLC and the Audi Q5, but then there’s the Range Robert Evoque, which really comes in on top to me. It’s sleek and attractive like the X3, but it doesn’t have all of the traditional and aggressive styling cues – It’s just as sporty as they come. Check back soon for exterior specifications for each model.

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In comparison to the Mercedes GLC (top left) and the Audi Q5 (top right,) the new BMW X3 (bottom) is the least sporty of the three.
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When it comes to the Range Rover Evoque (left,) the new X3 (right) has a smaller corner air intakes and less of the stand-out flare that makes the Evoque so interesting to look at.


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BMW interiors have always been driver-focused, which is just one part of the equation that makes each and every BMW a true driver’s car. BMW built on that and took it even further with the next-gen X3. Where the outgoing model at a dash that was somewhat flat, the new-gen model now features a sloped dash with smooth character lines and a sharp edge in the center of the face. The HVAC vents have grown with the center vents taking on slanted edges and the corner units gaining some height. Mor importantly, however, is the way the central trim is angled toward the driver, which also provides a better angle for the infotainment screen and center vents. And, that 10.2-inch touchscreen is finally up to BMW’s current standard as it’s not a floating unit, effectively bringing an end to the American look inside the X3.

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The steering wheel is all new, featuring a smaller and more rounded hub to go with upswept side spokes that have revised thumb buttons. The center spoke is now longer and thinner, and gets the same trim coloring as the rest of the trim elements on the dash – it’s a nice touch. Revised door trim brings a refreshing feel, but so do the arm rests that now feature a new pull handle and the cubbies down below that can hold one-liter bottles. The HVAC and infotainment controls in the center stack have been downsize a bit and repositioned, leading to a center console that now swoops upward. As such, the storage bin ahead of the shifter is now much larger and includes cup holders.

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Options include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, full-color heads-up display, sensatec dash panel, extra chrome trim, ambient air package, three-zone climate control, and an ambient lighting system include carpet illumination. So, that’s a lot of goodness up front, but what about in the rear?

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Back here, you’ll find the same seating designs as up front, however, you might not want to be sitting back here while your cousin pushes it to the limit on the Nurburgring. There’s just no side support back here, which is the usual case, but worth pointing out. On the plus side, the rear seatback as a 40/20/40-split that allows for plenty of extra cargo room, or a nice divider in the middle if you have kids that really need to stay within their own bubble. The door trim panels match those of the front doors, but if you opt for the tri-zone climate control, your rear seat passengers will certainly appreciate the effort. Moving back to the cargo area, you’ll find that you get 19.42 cubic-feet of space out of the gate, but if you need more, it can be expanded to as much as 56.5 cubic-feet with the press of a button as the whole seat back lays flat on demand.

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The floorboard in the boot also lifts up to expose another storage compartment that’s hidden away. To each side, there’s a rail that BMW likes to call the “adaptive fastening system.” If you’ve never had a chance to check this out, it’s actually a genius design that allows you to secure your goods regardless of where they are located in the rear. With that said, all three of the different model lines offer up the same general amenities, but there are a few things that set each apart.

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When it comes to the xLine model, interior trim is finished in gloss black, and cloth upholstery is standard. Leather is an option, but you’ll have to pony up a bit to get it. The boot sill in this model gets a stainless-steel strap for a little extra character. Moving up to the luxury line gets you leather seats as standard equipment to go with that Sensatec dash I mentioned earlier. Door sill finishers and key designs are unique to this model line as is the Dark Oak wood trim throughout the cabin. Moving up to the M Sport package with comp you Aluminum Rhambicle trim throughout to go with a BMW individual headliner and M Sport seats with black leather and blue upholstery stitching. The M Sport model also gets M-specific sill finishers and floor mats to go with an M steering wheel – again, this is where it’s at if you want the best there is.

Interior Dimensions

Headroom front/rear (Inches) 41.1/39.1
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 40.3/36.4
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 57.6/56
Trunk volume (cu ft) 28.7-62.7

The Competition

So, when you compare the new X3 to the competition, you’ll find that it’s pretty much the same story with anything wearing a badge that originates from Germany. Both the GLC and Q5 feature floating infotainment displays , supportive front seats, modern interior trim, and both can be had in a more luxurious form that’s comparable to that of the M40i. The only one that really stands out as different is the Range Rover Evoque, which still sports a center-stack-mounted infotainment display, a unique shifter, and a more basic dash design. It’s also offered with ambient lighting and a host of other goodies like a digital instrument cluster and upgraded sound system. So, if it comes down to picking between the new X3 and the rest of the competition, it’s really a hard call. I tend to lean toward the Evoque, but I really like the new cabin of the X3, so it’s a bit of a tossup. We’re talking about a pretty hefty investment, though, so it’s best to sit in each model yourself and see which is more comfortable to you. Check back soon for interior dimensions of all models.

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The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (top left,) Mercedes GLC (top right,) and Audi Q5 (bottom) all have some of the most modern cabins available, and the cabin of the X3 comes correct in 2018


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In case you haven’t figured it out yet, there’s plenty of models to choose from when the new X3 hits showrooms in November 2017. Like the current model, the new X3 will be offered with a 2.0-liter or 3.0-liter engine, but those can be had with a thirst for petrol or diesel. On the diesel side, you can choose from the xDrive20d and the xDrive 30d – that’s right; AWD is standard for the oil burners. The 20d comes with a 2.0-liter that’s good for 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with the latter being available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. Fuel economy is rated at 52.3 to 56.5 mph on the imperial scale. It can hit the 62-mph sprint in eight seconds flat and will top 132 mph before she says no more. But, maybe that’s not enough. If so, you can jump up to the xDrive30d and get yourself an impressive 258 horsepower to go with 457 pound-feet of gut-wrenching, trailer-hauling torque. The later is available between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm and represents an improvement of 59 pound-feet over the outgoing model. Not bad, huh? AS it turns out, the xDrive30d will get you to 62 mph in 5.8 seconds on the way to a top speed of 149 mph. Fuel economy, however, is where the sacrifice comes in, as the 30d is only good for 49.6 mpg on the imperial scale.

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I know some of you like to avoid the dirty oil burners, and that’s okay because there’s plenty to choose from for you too. Breaking into the gasoline drinkers will have you looking at the xDrive 20i or the sDrive20i, which means you can still get a two-wheel-drive X3 if your heart so desires. The 20i will comes with a 2.0-liter four-banger that promises 184 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. With this engine, maximum torque is available from just 1,350 rpm up to 4,600 rpm. It’s also an improvement of 15 pound-feet over the outgoing model because every bit counts. Fuel economy is rated at 39.2 mpg for the S model and 38.2 mph for those equipped with xDrive. Want to get up to speed quickly? Well, with the 20i, you’ll get to 62 mph in 8.3 seconds regards of how many driven wheels you have with top speed coming in at 134 mph. That’s not too bad for an entry-level model, but what about that xDrive30i?

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Well, the xDrive30i comes correct with an extra 7 ponies on tap from the 2.0-liter, bringing output up to 252 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that comes into play at a relatively low 1,450 rpm and holds steady through 4,800 rpm. 62 mph comes in as fast as 6.3 seconds with the right tires and motivation while top speed comes in at just 149 mph. You’ll manage to travel 38.2 miles per gallon on the imperial scale with this model. Finally, for those of you who crave that M goodness and desire BMW’s famed inline-six, you’ll want to check out the M40i. It comes with xDrive AWD as standard equipment and delivers a cool 360 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. And, that’s where the gains really come in for this generation. See, those figures account for an improvement of 54 ponies and 74 pound-feet over the outgoing model. That’s pretty huge for the range-topping model. These credentials are good for a 4.8-second sprint to 62 mph and a top cruising speed of 155 mph. And, according to Bimmer, this extra power doesn’t affect fuel economy, with the M40i achieving 34.4 mpg on the imperial scale.

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Shifting duties for every model and engine happen smoothly and efficiently thanks to BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic gearbox. And, while BMW didn’t go into details, the transmission has been updated to for each engine for increased reliability while also being more efficient to help combat emissions and fuel consumption woes. At the time of launch, you’ll only be able to get your hands on xDrive models, the sDrive20i will come shortly thereafter, but if you live in Europe, don’t get your hopes up as it’s not ging to be offered in your market. BMW has gone to extreme lengths to refine the X3, and that includes a lighter rear differential and a revised transfer case – the same one that’s found in the current 7 Series – that helps to combat fuel efficiency as well.

Drivetrain specifications - U.S. lineup

BMW X3 xDrive30i BMW X3 M40i
Engine 2.0-liter inline-4 3.0-liter inline-6
Horsepower 248 HP @ 5,200-6,500 RPM 355 HP @ 5,500-6,500 RPM
Torque 258 LB-FT @ 1,450-4,800 RPM 369 LB-FT @ 1,520-4,800 RPM
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph 6 seconds 4.6 seconds
Top speed 130 mph 130 mph
Curb weight (lbs) 4,156 4,277

The Competition

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When it comes to power output, the X3 is the new king, as the 2.0-liter gasoline mill tops that of the GLC300, Audi Q5, and Evoque by 7 horsepower, 28 horsepower, and 8 horsepower, respectively. In the 3.0-liter department, the M40i is superior to the Q5, beating it out by 83 ponies. But, the GLC43 takes the cake by seven horsepower with its 362 horsepower rating. The Mercs get a nine-speed as standard while the Audi and Range Rover pull shifting duty with eight-cog units. In the end, the performance specs really line up pretty well, so your best bet is to take a drive in each one and see which one fits you better.

Model Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Mercedes GLC300 2.0-liter 9-Speed 241HP 273LB-FT 6.3-Seconds 130MPH 3,500LB 20/28/23
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 3.0-liter 9-Speed 362HP 384LB-FT 4.8-Seconds 155MPH TBA 18/22/20
Audi Q5 2.0 2.0-liter 8-Speed 220HP 258LB-FT 7.0-Seconds 130MPH 4,400 20/27/22
Audi Q5 3.0 3.0-liter 8-Speed 272HP 295LB-FT 6.0-Seconds 130MPH 4,400 18/26/21
Range Rover Evoque 2.0-liter 9-Speed 240HP 250LB-FT 7.1-Seconds 155MPH 3,500 21/30/24


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BMW has chosen to hold out on releasing pricing specs just yet, but the new X3 is set to roll into dealers in November of 2017, with pricing to lead the way shortly beforehand. However, I wouldn’t expect to see prices climb too much considering the pricing point of the competition. Needless to say, Bimmer doesn’t have a whole lot of room to play with when it comes to that sticker price. In current form, the X3 starts out at $39,250 for the sDrive25i. The xDrive 25i begins from $41,250. The xDrive35i with the 3.0-liter hits the bank for a minimum of $47,950. I don’t think the starting prices will change much with the 2018 model, but expect to see a small increase — maybe $1,000 at most.

The Competition

For the most part, all of the competing models we’ve discussed here play nicely as far as pricing goes, but the Audi Q5 definitely a bit pricier than the range-topping X3. Then you’ve got the Evoque that trimps everything in pricing once you step up into the HSE Dynamic and excessively pricy Evoque Autobiography. Then again, when it comes to this segment, you really do get what you pay for, and the Evoque Autobiography is one of the nicest compact SUV’s out there right now.

BMW X3 sDrive25i $39,250
BMW X3 xDrive25i $41,250
BMW X3 Xdrive35i $47,950
Mercedes GLC300 $39,150
Mercedes GLC300 4Matic $41,150
Mercedes-AMG GCL43 $54,900
Audi Q5 Premium $40,900
Audi Q5 Premium Plus $43,150
Audi Q5 Prestige $53,200
Range Rover Evoque SE $41,800
Range Rover Evoque SE Premium $45,800
Range Rover Evoque HSE $51,000
Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic $54,200
Range Rover Evoque Autobiography $62,500


Land Rover Evoque

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First on our list of competitors is the Land Rover Evoque. Land Rover gave a mild refresh to the Evoque for the 2016 model year, with the most noticeable change being the updated headlights. The Cabin took some updates as well, which will make it more worthy of competing with the X3. U.S. models are powered by a 240 horsepower, 2.0-liter engine, while the European market received two new diesel engines. The base model starts out at $41,475, while the high-end, Autobiography trim fetches $60,475. It should also be noted that the Evoque is also offered in two-door form starting at $46,675 and 2017 will also bring two convertible models that will be priced between $50,000 and $60,000.

Read more about the Land Rover Evoque here.

Audi Q5

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The Audi Q5 launched back in 2008 to compete directly with the likes of the BMW X3. It took on a face lift in 2012, but 2017 should bring us a newly designed model built on the MLB platform. The 2017 Q5 should receive a 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for around 230 horsepower and a 3.0-liter good for closer to 300 horsepower. A diesel engine may also be available, pushing somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 horsepower. No pricing information on the 2018 model is available yet, but we suspect to see a starting price in the area of $43,000 before options.

Read more about the Audi Q5 here.

Mercedes GLC Class

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The Mercedes GLC-Class is actually the baby among all of the models we’ve discussed here. Introduced in 2015 as a 2016 model, this was a direct answer to models like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Despite still being an infant in this segment, it has already spawned one AMG version (the GLC43,) and a more-powerful GLC63 has already been spied one the roads doing some real-world testing. Plus, there’s the funky looking GLC Coupe that has a much lower roofline for those who really like to mix things up a bit without losing the ground clearance afforded by an SUV. Here in the U.S., the GLC is limited to a pair of gasoline engines, but it can be had in diesel and hybrid form. It’s too early to tell just how well the GLC will perform sales-wise, but the overall design and plush, luxurious interior makes it a strong proposition to other compact, luxury SUVs on the market.

Find out more about the Mercedes GLC Class here.


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When we first started seeing the next-gen X3 in the prototype stage, I mentioned that BMW would bring big changes to the front and rear fascias and that it better do something about those dated, circular fog lights. Sure enough, BMW did exactly that, and the new X3 looks better than ever. This generation represents a huge push from BMW to bring the best looks and power it can, and as it turns out, it did a pretty good job. The new front end is stylish and sporty, while the rear end has finally been refined enough to fit in with the modern SUVs on the road. The interior looks fresh, and it’s about time that the X3 got that floating infotainment display. The new trim design inside is also attractive and more functional than ever, which is just the icing on the cake when you consider the massive improvement to the M40i and the minor improvements to the lesser models. Very impressive for BMW at this point, and if you’re thinking about trading your current model in, it’s definitely worth the wait to get a 2018 model. What do you think about what BMW has brought forth with this new generation? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    • No options for six-cylinder wihtout theM40i badge
    • Too many options to count
    • 3D tailights aren’t standard

Production Model vs Prototype

Our rendering vs. The real deal

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Spy Shots

November 8, 2016 - BMW X3 started to drop camouflage

December 28, 2015 - BMW X3 caught testing in the snow

November 11, 2015 - First testing session

Update History

Update 11/08/2016: The third-gen BMW X3 was caught out on public roads yet again. Slated for launch next year as a 2018 model, the test mule has dropped a little more camo and all of the fake panels. It’s close to production, but we might see it shed a little more before BMW official pulls the sheets away. Check out the new images, learn more about our rendering, and learn about the competition in your speculative review below.

Updated 03/08/2016: Based on the recent spy shots and rumors we created a rendering for the upcoming BMW X3. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.

Updated 12/28/2015: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X3 out for a new testing session - this time during cold winter testing in Sweden.

Updated 11/11/2015: Our spy photographers caught the next generation BMW X3 testing in Germany. The next X3 is rumored to be built on BMW’s future CLAR platform - a change that will make it lighter and more fuel efficient.

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Press release

The all-new 2018 BMW X3 was unveiled today at BMW Plant Spartanburg, SC, where it will be produced alongside the BMW X4, BMW X5, and BMW X6. BMW is at home in Spartanburg, SC producing 411,171 BMW X models last year, making it the largest BMW Group’s global production facility with approximately 70 percent of the vehicles exported to 140 markets worldwide, thereby making BMW the largest vehicle exporter in the U.S. by value. BMW Plant Spartanburg has a deep level of localization, and provides and supports nearly 70,000 jobs in the U.S. In 2003, the BMW X3 was the car that launched the premium compact SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) segment. Since then, BMW has recorded more than 1.5 million vehicles worldwide and 378,803 in the US alone. Today, the all-new BMW X3 is set to write the next chapter in this success story with a more striking, dynamic design language, powerful yet efficient drive systems with a luxurious appeal. Like all members of the successful X family, it blends standout-driving qualities on any terrain with unrestricted everyday usability.

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The all-new 2018 BMW X3 will be available at certified BMW Centers this November with pricing to be announced closer to market launch.

The exterior design with new distinctive looks.

The all-new BMW X3 elevates the already boldly dynamic design language of its predecessor. The third generation of the pioneering premium compact Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) treads a familiar BMW X family path in combining rugged off-road looks with generous presence. The exterior dimensions of the all-new BMW X3 may be largely unchanged, however, the wheelbase has been extended by 2.2-inches and its long hood, extremely short front overhang with finely balanced proportions, emphasize the perfect 50:50 weight distribution between the front and rear axle.

For the first time on a BMW X model, the front fascia features a muscular “three-dimensional” kidney grille and fog lights featuring a hexagonal design, underlining the confident character of the all-new BMW X3. Moving to the rear, the tail light housings whose three-dimensional look with the optional Adaptive LED and Icon Adaptive Full LED Headlights, give them considerable visual impact. A downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes add to the muscular appearance.

First ever factory-installed trailer hitch available in a BMW SAV.

The all-new BMW X3 will be the first BMW SAV in the US to feature a factory-installed trailer hitch. The new 2” receiver will enable customers to use a broad range of BMW Accessories including tongues, drop tongues, towing balls, a step to help access roof mounted accessories and several varieties of bike racks.

Standard xLine design, available Luxury Package.

The standard xLine design emphasizes the robustness of the Sports Activity Vehicle and stands out with numerous trim elements in Satin aluminum, Silver matte, and 18-inch Y-Spoke wheels with All-season Run Flat Tires (19-inch V-Spoke wheels with All-season Run Flat Tires are available as an upgrade option). On the interior, the driver and front passenger are

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welcomed by standard Sport Seats with power adjustable side bolsters, and an Anthracite headliner.

The optional Luxury Package, available for the first time in the X3 model range, emphasizes the SAV’s elegant character with features such as chrome kidney grille bars and two-tone front & rear bumper trim finishers on the exterior and a SensaTec upholstered dashboard on the interior.

M Sport Package.

The M Sport Package focuses its attentions on the dynamic prowess of the all-new BMW X3 with the M Aerodynamic kit (front apron with larger air intakes, side skirt trim, and a diffusor-style rear apron). Also included are Shadowline exterior trim and 19-inch M Double-Spoke Wheels with All-season Run Flat Tires or Performance Run Flat Tires. For customers seeking the most dynamic BMW X3, M Double-Spoke 20-inch Wheels with Mixed Performance Run Flat Tires are available as an upgrade option. The interior includes a new M Sport leather steering wheel, M door sill finishers and a SensaTec upholstered dashboard.

Interior and equipment: improved material quality and ergonomics.

The interior of the all-new BMW X3 follows BMW tradition with its driver-focused and ergonomically optimized cockpit layout and carries over many aspects of the car’s exterior design. For instance, hexagonal forms and precise, sloping edges also play a central role in the interior. The interior as a whole displays exceptional material quality, fit, and finish, with carefully thought ergonomics. One example here is the storage concept, which offers more storage space than ever before and ensures it is easier to access.

The all-new BMW X3 comes standard with several new, comfort enhancing features not offered on its predecessor. These include 3-zone automatic climate control, which adds separate temperature controls for the rear compartment to those for the driver and front passenger. To enhance rear compartment comfort, the angle of the standard 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrests can be adjusted individually and through various stages thanks to the standard cargo function. This feature also allows the backrests to be released remotely from the load compartment, which expands the standard load capacity of 28.7 ft3to 62.7 ft3. Newly available convenient functions include front ventilated seats for driver and front passenger to maximize comfort on warm days. Customers can also give the interior a roomier feel with the 9.8-inch longer panoramic glass moonroof.

Contour lighting above the trim strip in the instrument panel is included with the available Extended Ambient Lighting, which directs a soft stream of light downwards from below the accent strip, lights the interior in a distinctive and relaxing ambience. At night, the iDrive display appears to be floating above the instrument panel. Customers can choose from six color tones.

Enhanced active prowess and improved comfort over all terrain.

The dynamic handling qualities of the all-new BMW X3 are directly linked to its ideal 50:50 weight distribution, its meticulously honed chassis and xDrive, BMW’s Intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which made its debut in 2003 when the first generation of the BMW X3 originally launched. Not only has the system been offering superior grip on slippery surfaces ever since, it has had a beneficial effect on driving dynamics too. This system is networked with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) allowing the power split between all four wheels to be constantly varied, providing the handling characteristics for which BMW is renowned.

The new Driving Dynamics Control toggle switch now also offers Adaptive Mode when the vehicle is equipped with Dynamic Damper Control in addition to configurations such as, ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ (M40i model only) modes.

Chassis dynamics: reduced mass and improved axle kinematics.

The 3rd generation of the BMW X3 continues to rely on its winning formula of a double-joint spring strut front axle and a five-link rear set-up at the rear. At the same time, this refreshingly engaging Sports Activity Vehicle delivers an even sportier driving experience than its predecessor without compromising on ride comfort. The engineers have succeeded in reducing a considerable amount in unsprung mass by fitting aluminum swivel bearings and lighter tubular anti-roll bars as well as optimizing wheel location at the front. Handling dynamics, straight-line stability and steering feel have all benefited from the improved axle kinematics and the Electric Power Steering system with Servotronic.

In an effort to improve handling dynamics, the rear bias of BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system has been increased. Intelligent AWD management constantly adjusts the torque bias as the driving situation demands ensuring optimum driving dynamics.

In its basic specification, the all-new BMW X3 comes with 18-inch light-alloy wheels while wheels up to 21 inches in diameter are available depending on the equipment and engine variant. The powerful braking system features lightweight brakes offering optimized performance as well as an Electric Parking Brake. A broad array of electronic control systems help the driver maximize safety at all times. These systems include: Driving Stability Control (DSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Automatic Differential Brake (ADB-X), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Start-Off Assistant, Performance Control, and Hill Descent Control (HDC).

The all-new BMW X3 M40i. First M Performance model in the X3 model line-up with best in segment acceleration.

The first ever M Performance model in the X3 lineup sets new standards with its sharper dynamics, high level of exclusivity and standout emotional appeal. The 3.0-liter M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology 6-cylinder inline engine ensures the all-new BMW X3 M40i sits at the top end of the model range. Output of 355 hp propels the flagship X3 from 0 to 60 mph in a best in segment time of 4.6 seconds. The X3 M40i also includes a wealth of model-specific set-up and equipment features, which both underpin and lend added impact to the exceptional performance credentials of this SAV.

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The BMW X3 M40i is equipped with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission with Launch Control. This transmission is a perfect match for the engine’s dynamic characteristics and can be operated using shift paddles on the steering wheel. In addition, its xDrive all-wheel-drive system has a far more pronounced rear bias than on the other model versions. The Performance Control feature integrated into the DSC system and acting on the rear wheels has been reconfigured to produce agility and traction for which M Performance models are known for. Moving into the cabin, Sport seats and “M40i” logos adorning, for instance, the front door sills and instrument panel, provide visual emphasis of the car’s performance capabilities.

Among these features are the standard – and strikingly dynamic – M Performance-specific exterior design cues, which include the M Aerodynamic kit with design elements finished in Cerium Grey Metallic. The flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system with Black Chrome tailpipe embellishers, M Sport brakes, M Sport suspension with M Performance specific tuning, Variable sport steering and standard 19-inch or optional 20-inch and 21-inch cast light-alloy wheels provide a distinctive sporting character. The X3 M40i can be equipped with the available Adaptive M Sport suspension, which covers an even wider spread of ride comfort featuring the sportiest set-up suspension available.

Dynamic options: M Sport suspension, Dynamic Damper Control,

M Sport brakes and Variable sport steering.

The M Sports suspension, which is standard on the M40i model, offers the keen driver a firmer suspension (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars). Adaptive M Suspension is optionally available on the M40i model, offering electronically controlled dampers and even sportier suspension settings. Similarly, Dynamic Damper Control is available on the 30i model, and includes electronically controlled dampers that adapt the damper responses to the road surface and driving situation. At the same time, the driver can use the Driving Dynamics Control toggle switch to vary the basic suspension characteristics as they please between the more comfortable and sportier ends of the scale.

M Sport brakes are standard on the all-new BMW X3 M40i and feature blue-painted aluminum four-piston fixed calipers at the front and amply proportioned brake discs have high levels of thermal resistance to deliver phenomenal stopping power despite their extremely low weight. The standard Variable sport steering from the BMW X3 M40i is optionally available on the BMW X3 xDrive30i model.

Perfectly at home on rough terrain.

The all-new BMW X3 boasts the same off-road skills as its predecessor. The high ground clearance of 8 inches helps to ensure unhindered progress, not only when travelling along rutted gravel or sand tracks, over churned-up ground or in deep snow, but also on city roads while going over speed bumps. The approach angle (23.1°) and departure angle (21.4°) of the all-new BMW X3 together with its breakover angle of 17.4° create plenty of margin for negotiating steep sections or crests. Moreover, with a fording depth of 19.6 inches, the BMW X3 can tackle water crossings with ease as well.

The powertrain: Latest generation 4 and 6-cylinder inline engines.

The all-new BMW X3 line-up from launch consists of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology 2.0-liter 4-cylinder inline gasoline engine with Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing and Valvetronic fully variable intake lift, a map-controlled oil pump, electric arc wire-sprayed cylinder barrels, Twin-scroll exhaust turbocharger and electrically adjustable waste gate valve. The latest M Performance model, the BMW X3 M40i comes with a 3.0-liter M Performance TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder inline gasoline engine. The intake manifold integrated indirect charge air intercooler allows for a lower charge air volume between the compressor and intake valves, noticeably improving engine response. This translates to shorter air routing, faster boost pressure build-up, and throttle response.

Both engines come from the latest generation of BMW engines. Improvements have also been made to both the 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission with shift paddles and the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system to increase efficiency.

The BMW X3 M40i: new flagship model.

The all-new BMW X3 M40i heralds the arrival of the first ever M Performance Automobile in this model series. Power comes from a new M Performance TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder inline engine, which blends its insatiable appetite for revs and sublime pulling power with exemplary smoothness and efficiency. The 3.0-liter unit generates power output of 355 hp from 5,500 – 6,500 rpm. Peak torque of 369 lb-ft from 1,520 – 4,800 rpm, provide a 69 lb-ft – or 23 percent – increase (compared to the outgoing BMW X3 xDrive35i). This performance arsenal equips the all-new BMW X3 M40i to a best in segment sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 155 mph.

The BMW X3 xDrive30i. More power. More efficient.

The 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder gasoline engine in the all-new BMW X3 xDrive30i has an output of 248 hp (8 hp more than the outgoing BMW X3 xDrive28i). Maximum torque has of 258 lb-ft is on tap between just 1,450 and 4,800 rpm. The all-new BMW X3 xDrive30i reaches 60 mph from rest in 6.0 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph

8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with shift paddles.

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All models come standard with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with shift paddles. In the BMW X3 xDrive30i, the transmission tuning is matched to the engine’s specific performance characteristics, while the X3 M40i model’s transmission has been tuned to M Performance specifications. The transmission is designed to be even more efficient, helping to lower fuel consumption and emissions.

BMW xDrive: further improvements in terms of efficiency and weight.

The all-new BMW X3 is equipped with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard. The new model generation enjoys the benefits of both a more efficient and lighter rear differential, and a modified transfer case, which made its debut in the current BMW 7 Series, operates more efficiently, providing another fuel-saving measure.

Aerodynamic development results in improved drag coefficient.

Reducing aerodynamic drag not only helps to lower fuel consumption, it also has a beneficial effect on noise levels. Besides its aerodynamically optimized proportions, the all-new BMW X3 also features additional underbody cladding, for example, that provides unprecedented underbody sealing. Additional refinements, such as the BMW Active Kidney Grille, roof spoiler with Aero Blades at the sides, and BMW Air Curtains round off the aerodynamic measures. The latter system intelligently regulates the flow of cooling air for the engine, brakes and air conditioning with even greater flexibility, and offers both aerodynamic benefits and further potential for savings in terms of energy and heat management.

BMW ConnectedDrive.

Seamless connectivity between owners, their X3 and their smartphone.

The all-new BMW X3 also excels when it comes to Human Machine Interface (HMI) through a refined system. In addition to the iDrive Controller fitted as standard, specifying the Navigation system Professional featuring iDrive 6.0 enhances the iDrive Controller with a 10.25” display with Touchscreen technology. The optional BMW Gesture Control, which debuted on the current BMW 7 Series, adds a unique way to interface with the X3. BMW Gesture Control allows numerous infotainment, communication, and navigation functions to be operated intuitively using finger and hand gestures. The vehicle can also be controlled using the cloud-based Intelligent Voice Control, which offers the most advanced level of natural voice control currently available. This enables drivers to formulate their request in natural, everyday language instead of having to use a ridged set of spoken commands.

Linked up to the driver’s digital world thanks to BMW Connected.

The digital services from the BMW Connected app, available on both iOS and Android, bring intelligent connectivity to the all-new BMW X3 and unparalleled convenience for the driver. With the help of the Open Mobility Cloud platform, the digital services connect to the BMW X3 via devices such as smartphones or smartwatches, resulting in seamless connectivity.

The selection of devices that can connect to the new BMW X3 by means of BMW Connected go beyond the smartphone by supporting devices such as smart wearables like the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear (S2 and S3) to the Amazon Echo. Customers can use the Amazon Echo’s Alexa voice service to check the fuel level of their new X3, for instance, lock the vehicle or activate the ventilation function, all by voice control from the comfort of their home.

With BMW Connected, being on-time has never been simpler. Machine learning made possible by the Open Mobility Cloud allows BMW Connected to learn your routines and suggest the optimal time to leave for an appointment. Location based services and real time traffic information help optimize your journey even before entering the vehicle. When equipped with Navigation Professional, the Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information can continue to optimize your routing options. Car-to-car communication is now also employed within the inter-connected BMW fleet to provide advance warning of hazardous traffic situations. Information on any detected hazards presented by an accident, a broken-down vehicle, dense fog, heavy rain or black ice, for example, is also relayed to the BMW backend from where it is imported into the navigation system of both the driver’s car and other vehicles BMWs in the vicinity .

Intelligent Emergency Call with extended functionality.

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The standard built-in SIM card also allows drivers of the all-new BMW X3 to use Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic locating and accident severity detection. With the new BMW Teleservice Accident Assistance, the vehicle now also detects low-speed collisions below the threshold for airbag deployment. The driver receives a message in the iDrive display offering to contact the BMW Accident Assistance service directly. A push of a button is all it takes to obtain professional support from the BMW Accident Assistance team, who can also put the customer in touch with a BMW Service Partner if necessary.

Detecting accidents before they happen.

The standard pre-crash accident detection system Active Protection enhances passive safety by detecting potential accident situations as they arise. If a collision risk is detected, the system automatically triggers a variety of occupant protection measures. The driver’s and front passenger’s belt tensioners are activated, and the windows and Panoramic moonroof are closed. Following a collision, Active Protection automatically brings the vehicle to a standstill. The Frontal Collision Warning function detects an imminent risk of collision with preceding vehicles, and prepares the vehicle systems for a possible impact from vehicles behind.

Parking with ease: ParkNow and On-Street Parking Information.

The ParkNow service, available in iDrive, allows parking spaces at the roadside and in parking garages to be easily located, booked and paid for without the need for cash. This can greatly shorten the time taken to find a free space. In-car integration of ParkNow is initially available in select cities nationwide. Visit www.park-now.com for details.

First launched with the BMW 5 Series, the new On-Street Parking Information (OSPI) service available in select cities helps alleviate the problem of vehicles searching for parking spaces – which accounts for a large part of traffic congestion in city centers. OSPI works in a similar way to the Advanced Real Time Traffic Information System, using historical and current data to draw conclusions regarding the availability of on-street parking spaces in specific zones or in a particular part of town. The probability of on street parking availability is shown on the Navigation Professional map, allowing the driver to minimize the need to continually circle the block in search of a spot.

The options list likewise includes a WiFi hotspot offering a high-speed internet connection (LTE) for up to ten mobile devices. Apple CarPlay is also available and can be used wirelessly in the all-new BMW X3. The driver can seamlessly switch between BMW and Apple CarPlay via the iDrive controller or touchscreen interface if equipped.

BMW Personal CoPilot: a comprehensive line-up of driver assistance systems.

When it comes to driver assistance and semi-automated driving, all the systems currently offered by BMW are available, such as the latest generation of Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go, whose capabilities include braking the car to a halt in stop-and-go traffic and automatically restarting to drive. The Driving Assistance Package includes Active Blind Spot Protection, Lane Departure Warning, Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collison Mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert rear, and Speed Limit Info (Navigation system required). The Driving Assistant Plus Package offers additional comfort features: Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant with Side Collision Avoidance, Traffic Jam Assistant, Evasion Aid & Cross Traffic alert front and rear.

The optional Head-Up Display allows the most important driving-related information to be projected directly into the driver’s field of vision. The 75 percent larger Head-Up Display in the all-new BMW X3 is unrivalled in its segment for graphics, resolution and display options. Another unique feature that the all-new BMW X3 boasts over its competitors is the Remote 3D View function, which can be used to beam a 360 degree, three-dimensional view of the car’s immediate vicinity directly to a smartphone through the BMW Connected App.

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