2018 BMW X3 (G01) offers new design, more room, and choice between Luxury and M Sport packages

Article by Christian A., on June 27, 2017

All-new BMW X3 (G01) just made its debut! The updated model has a familiar design, and slightly increased dimensions compared to its successful predecessors.

For more cabin space, the wheelbase has been extended by an additional 2.2 inches (5.5 cm). The length and the width of the new X3 are also slightly longer, thanks to the optimized package.

The S in Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is emphasized by its more dynamic design such as the sharper adaptive LED headlights and a more muscular hood. Here, we also witness BMW's new 3D front grille. The rear fascia, on the other hand, gets a pair of exhaust tips and a nice set of taillights.

X3 is now more agile than ever, thanks to the "meticulously honed chassis" and the rear biased X-Drive. These add up to the car's 50:50 weight distribution, which is a first for the company. Though the X3 is not an off-the-road kind of car, it has been given the newest dynamic stability control system which lets it have more traction, even on wet roads.

New X3 will still be assembled in the Spartanburg factory in the US, alongside the X4, X5, and X6 models.

Interior Design

The cabin has also been updated, and now has a three-zone climate control system and adjustable 40:20:40 split/folding rear seats for every passenger.

Plus, the rear seats are removable in case you'll need an extra 62.7 cubic feet cargo space. Panoramic glass sunroof, ventilated front seats, and a much larger HUD are the car's other features.

Powertrain

Under the hood, you'll find a 2.0 liter turbocharged gasoline engine, now producing 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission channeling power to both axles. It has a top speed of 130 miles per hour and can go 0-60 mph in 6 seconds. The X3 will come in either a xDrive30i or a M40i.

Speaking of the M40i, it comes with a much larger 3.0-liter inline six producing 355 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. It now has a top speed of 155 mph and has cut its sprint time to 4.6 seconds.

It is likely that the X3 family will grow and get a diesel variant that will come with a 190 hp 2.0 liter engine. The company also announced that an all-electric version will be available in 2020.

Luxury Package or M Sport Package

2018 BMW X3 will come standard with the xLine design. But customers can opt for the Luxury Package that would get them a chrome grille, new dashboard upholstery and many other upgrades. There is also an M Sport Package they can opt for to get those 19-inch wheels, which can be changed to a 20-inch set.

Source: BMW

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