2018 BMW X3 (G01) faces the hard winter

Article by Christian A., on March 13, 2017

There is no longer any need for stolen shots from spy photographers on the Internet. BMW has released the official teaser photos of the new 2018 BMW X3 (G01). The disguised prototype on the film is none other than BMW’s 3rd generation luxury SUV, which was recorded while being tested in Sweden. If you didn’t know, it’s freezing cold out there.

Temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius) are not unusual in the town of Arjeplog, which is only 35 miles away from the Polar Circle. This will enable BMW to test the X3 under extreme conditions --- as it has the most suitable environment to push the X3’s DTC (dynamic traction control) and DSC (dynamic stability control) systems to the limits.

Also according to BMW, Arjeplog’s rural roads and frozen lakes are ideal testing grounds for the crossover’s xDrive All-Wheel Drive module. As a whole, the snow-clad surfaces serve as a perfect venue to thoroughly check how well the suspensions and steering work when driving the new SUV. In short, it is important that the vehicle performs normally given the cold temperatures.

As for the photos, this is the best preview of the 3rd generation BMW X3 we’ve seen yet. The accompanying images already show us some hints of actual body shape of the SUV. It is highly possible that the panels and lighting clusters that we see here would also appear on the final production model.

However, BMW also said that it will be using the CLAR platform to help the X3 shed off some weight. So, no matter how familiar it may appear to you on the outside, you can be sure that the hardware will be completely different. The CLAR is a highly flexible new architecture. As an example, the adjustable module can come up with longer wheelbase and shorter overhang on vehicles that use the same platform.

Once the SUV loses some of its weight, there will be a significant improvement on its fuel consumption, carbon emissions and performance ---even without using the latest Carbon Core engineering. Besides, it seems the X3 has also increased in size. This will help draw the line between the latest and previous generation model while also providing more space at the trunk.

Overall, the German marque’s latest luxury SUV will be competing against the new Volvo XC60 as well as the upcoming generation Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Audi Q5. BMW hasn’t released any official details regarding the X3’s premiere. But according to the rumor mill, the SUV will be unveiled sometime in August before it is unveiled to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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The new BMW X3 undergoes winter testing

Driving dynamic and reliability are just two of the major characteristics of any BMW automobile. To ensure that a BMW functions in all conditions and that the customer is able to enjoy unrestricted access to that brand-typical “driving pleasure” at any time, BMW invests a great deal of time and know-how in both the construction and the testing of new automobiles. Long before a new model series arrives on the market, it will have had to withstand possibly the most severe endurance tests. This includes, for example, testing under extreme climatic conditions such as those prevailing in scorching hot deserts or freezing cold winter landscapes.

Fine tuning for optimal safety and maximum driving enjoyment.

Moreover, the extensive ice surfaces of frozen lakes and the numerous remote roads with their firmly packed layers of snow offer excellent conditions for fine tuning of the settings activated via the Driving Experience Control function – and hence for the application of maximum driving pleasure and best possible driving safety. As a result, engineers are in a position to sense the vehicle’s dynamic behaviour much more accurately and synchronize the control of driver assistant systems such as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) or Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) even more precisely and to attune it to the vehicle as a whole. It is this painstaking development work that later provides the customer with a competently tuned chassis for that typical BMW driving pleasure.

Ideal preconditions for testing the BMW X3 in the polar region.

Within the framework of the final winter trials, a BMW testing team completed a fastidious testing programme in wintery North Sweden. In the landscape around the small town of Arjeplog, pre-series models of the new BMW X3 had to prove that they are also able to withstand cold, ice and snow. Located in the historic province of Lapland barely 56 kilometres south of the polar circle, Arjeplog offers the ideal conditions for this. An abundant amount of snow and temperatures of minus 20 degrees and below cause the many lakes in the surrounding area to freeze over. The resulting vast, even surfaces serve as proving grounds on which steering, suspension and drive characteristics can be meticulously tested and various different technical solutions compared against one another. In the process, the intelligent four-wheel technology xDrive is able to demonstrate its advantages by not only ensuring best possible traction on icy surfaces but, thanks to fully variable distribution of torque, also by optimizing handling agility, this in turn resulting in enhanced driving dynamics and active driving safety.

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