BMW has rolled out the "all-new" 2018 BMW X3 which will be available at BMW stores this November with pricing to be announced closer to market launch.
The third generation of the compact Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) has exterior dimensions largely unchanged, however, the wheelbase has been extended by 2.2-inches and its long hood, extremely short front overhang are meant to emphasize the 50:50 weight distribution between the front and rear axle.
The 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder gasoline engine in the 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 X3 xDrive30i reaches 60 mph from rest in 6.0 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph.
The X3 M40i has a M Performance TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder inline engine which 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). All this get the X3 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 155 mph.
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.
The 3rd generation of the BMW X3 continues to rely on a double-joint spring strut front axle and a five-link rear set-up at the rear. 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. 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.
For the first time on a BMW X model, the front fascia features a “three-dimensional” kidney grille and fog lights featuring a hexagonal design. The tail light housings have a three-dimensional look along with the optional Adaptive LED and Icon Adaptive Full LED Headlights. A downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes add to the athletic appearance.
The 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.
The standard xLine design comes with 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). The interior comes with 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 features chrome kidney grille bars and two-tone front and rear bumper trim finishers on the exterior and a SensaTec upholstered dashboard on the interior.
The M Sport Package comes 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.
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