As far as design goes, the new X3 doesn't drastically change things up, but there are a few styling tweaks including a taller front end, headlights that are now separated from the kidney grilles, and an overall longer and wider stance. As for its inside design, we will see numerous technology features and styling of the new 5-Series.
Despite this new appearance, it isn't much bigger.
There's a tease in a new M Performance model, but the big news-plug-in hybrid and possible electric versions-won't come for another year or more. Spring for the beefier M40i, and length and width increase by 0.2-and 0.3-inches, respectively. The 20i will also be offered internationally - excluding Europe - in "sDrive" rear-wheel drive form.
2018 BMW X3 Official Photos and Details Leaked, Including M40i
Another new model is the redesigned BMW X3. As far as design, there aren't too many surprises, but there are subtle touches that differentiate it from the outgoing vehicle. Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and more, are all available on all trim levels of the X3. Both get an eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles, though the M vehicle is tuned more aggressively and comes with launch control. This features a twin-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 355bhp and goes from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds; aided by the launch-control system, this is exactly the same time the Porsche Macan Turbo takes to do the same sprint.
The new X3's large, trapezoidal central console is the most eye-catching element inside, and its shape is echoed by the infotainment screen on the top of the dashboard. But with BMW's "ultimate driving machine" catchphrase becoming more and more symbolic in the line up, will the X3 prove to be just another premium SUV in the field or remain the driver's choice?
Performance is stronger than ever before, thanks to the updated powertrains. Thanks to the added power, BMW expects the model to sprint to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds. With this engine, the X3 can hit 60 miles per hour in 6 seconds and a top speed of 130 miles per hour, according to BMW estimates. Eight inches of ground clearance and an nearly Jeep Grand Cherokee-matching fording depth of 19.6 inches mean BMW hasn't completely abandoned the X3's ability to perform off-road.
Entry-level SE includes three-zone climate control, LED lights front and rear, satin aluminium roof rails, leather seats, sat nav, ambient lighting and 18-inch alloy wheels. The M40i includes a revised sport steering system as well, offered as an option on the xDrive30i. And optional M Sport Brakes will help it stop like one. Today, the 5-million-square-foot facility is tasked with assembling mid-size and compact crossover SUVs, including the all-new 2018 BMW X3.More news: Kuldeep Yadav more lethal on dry wickets, says Virat Kohli
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