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.