BMW Debuts 2018 X3 Compact Luxury SUV with Numerous Updates
BMW this week unveiled the all-new 2018 X3 at its plant in Spartanburg, SC, where the current X3 is built alongside the X4, X5, and X6 premium SUVs. The 2018 BMW X3 boasts new engines, more ducts and vents for aerodynamics, and new features and technology. The two models for the U.S. market will be the X3 xDrive30i and the X3 M40i, BMW’s first M variant for the X3 lineup. Also, for the first time, BMW offers an optional trailer hitch.
Launched in 2003, the X3, now in its third generation, includes updated design language, new powerful drive systems, and luxury amenities, according to BMW. The wheelbase has been extended by 2.2 ins. and styling is evolutionary—with a long hood and short front overhang for balanced proportions, BMW says. The trademark kidney grille with active shutters, LED lighting systems, and hexagonal fog lamps underline BMW’s design character. A down-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhausts add muscle to the SUV’s appearance.
Two fuel-efficient engines are offered in the new X3. A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine produces 248 horsepower (an increase of 8 hp) and 258 lb.-ft. of torque in the X3 xDrive30i and can move the SUV from 0-60 mph in 6 seconds, BMW claims, with a top speed of 130 mph. The X3 M40i is equipped with a twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine that generates 355 horsepower and thrusts 369 lb.-ft. of peak torque—a 23% improvement from the outgoing model. The M variant accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, BMW says. Both engines are matched with a standard 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and paddle shifters.
Inside the new X3, the cabin is enhanced for comfort and safety and includes a pre-crash accident-detection system. The dash makes way for a color head-up display that is 75% larger and includes a 10.25-in. touch screen with BMW gesture-control technology. Sport seats are standard with 3-zone climate control, and the rear seats recline and release remotely. A panorama moonroof is 9.8 ins. longer. Luxury and M Sport packages are available.
The 2018 BMW X3 compact premium SUV will reach dealer showrooms in November 2017.
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