The BMW X3 has been completely redesigned for the 2018 model year. The Bavarian automaker’s latest Sports Activity Vehicle now dons the company’s current design language and even adds a new M performance model.
Now in its third-generation, the new X3’s design is more evolution than revolution, sharing a very similar profile to the outgoing model. Differences include shorter front and rear overhangs, courtesy of the X3’s 2.2-inch longer wheelbase. It also features a larger kidney grille and wider headlights, similar to those already added to the likes of the smaller X1 SAV and even the latest generation 5 Series sedan. These subtle enhancements go a long way in making the X3 more aggressive than its predecessor, especially up front due to the larger air intakes and heavily revised lower fascia.
BMW made the rear more sculpted and less angular than before, lending a masculine look. The all-new X3 M40i gets split dual exhausts that gives that model a wider, more planted look.
The interior now boasts a freestanding touchscreen with the new iDrive interface. BMW also tilted the center stack so that it was more driver-focused. Standard features now include three-zone climate control, with adjustments now available for rear-seat occupants. Newly available tech includes gesture controls for the optional 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen and an improved head-up display that’s 75-percent larger than before.
BMW has also introduced connectivity with the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear, as well as access to Amazon Echo’s Alexa voice service to let drivers check fuel levels, lock the vehicle or activate ventilation remotely.
Power is derived from either a 248-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a 355-hp 3.0-liter turbo inline six that powers the M40i. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which routes power to all-four wheels through BMW’s xDrive AWD system. Opting for the M40i adds subtle badging to distinguish itself from the standard X3, but also brings M Sport-tuned brakes, suspension, and exhaust.
The all-new X3 will be assembled at BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina facility alongside the X4, X5 and X6 crossovers. Pricing is expected to be released closer to its launch in November.