The third generation 2018 BMW X3 is getting readied for release. The test prototype has been spotted several times and the spy shots have also appeared on the web. The design changes are quite noticeable but the industry sources say changes inside and powertrain improvements are even more noteworthy. Marketed as a Sports activity vehicle, the X3 is one of the best selling and popular models from the stable of BMW, the iconic German luxury carmaker. It has given stiff competition to rivals like Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class since its debut way back in 2004.
2018 BMW X3 – Luxurious and Elegant Look
The upcoming 2018 BMW X3 has been designed by Calvin Luk, the company’s Australian designer, as per the sources. Recently BMW has been testing the prototype vehicle at various places including North Sweden and some images of those models have been made available online. However, the upcoming X3 2018 will be based on the RWD flexible modular system which results in added cabin space and new seating setup. The X3 codenamed GO1 is lighter than the 2017 model. It is modeled on the CLAR platform. The new car has redesigned LED headlamps. The taillights also appear bigger in the prototype images. The trims will include sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive28d and xDrive35i.
Its cabin is going to be lavish, adorned with more tech features than the 2017 model. The soft touch surfaces reflect quality. The cabin is ideal for 5 people. However, it will be a tad tough accommodating 3 tall adults in back seat. This is where rivals from Volvo and Audi steal a march over the X3. Some useful small item storage options are there. The cargo space is going to be decent and a tad bigger than what rivals like Volvo XC60. But it still can’t outshine the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The electric tailgate is bliss and you may pay for Extended Storage options.
Amenities and Features
The 2018 BMW X3 is going to be packed with all bells and whistles in amenities and safety features are also going to be more than satisfactory. Base sDrive28i trim gets Heated leather seats, cruise control, electronic automatic tailgate, Bluetooth, alloy wheels, automatic headlights and sat-Nav.
The mid-range xDrive28i and xDrive28d get larger alloy wheels, sports steering wheel. They also get roof rails, LED fog lamps, rear privacy glass, auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, “SensaTec” premium vinyl upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, HD radio. The top notch xDrive35i gets adaptive xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition, Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio.
As expected, you can opt for a number of packages by churning out extra money. The technology package and driver assistance package are there as is a dynamic handling package. Performance seekers should opt for M Sport package which adds 19-inch wheels, enhanced body kit, sport steering wheel etc. Then there are technology and cold weather packages.
The 2018 BMW X3 comes with a spruced up version of the company’s much touted iDrive infotainment system. The integrated touchpad is a breeze to use and navigation is butter smooth. The UI is fast and responds quickly to touch. The iDrive setup is logically laid out and has modern graphics which is easy on eyes.
As for safety, all 2018 BMW X3 models come with standard features like antilock disc brakes, Tire Pressure Monitor, traction control, airbags, stability control, BMW Assist emergency communications system. You may also opt for the excellent BMW Remote Services system. The Driving Assistance Plus package is optional and it adds automatic emergency braking and forwards collision warning. The lack of a rearview camera is not really acceptable though you can opt for it. Optional safety features include frontal collision warning, parking assistant, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. You can also opt for the excellent 360° panorama Surround View Camera which makes parking in tight spots a breeze.
2018 BMW X3 – Engine and Transmission
The powertrain to be used in the 2018 BMW X3 is also going to be spruced up. The diesel and gasoline engines are going to be retained but the output may get a boost in the new model. However, we expect one of the same engines that are used in predecessors, it is 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 240 HP. The powertrain for the performance oriented X3 M variant will be there too. An electric hybrid variant will also be launched later as BMW has said.
The engines are likely to be mated with a new 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox and they are also going to be equipped with fuel-saving automatic start and stop feature. You can expect near silent ride on all trims, thanks to the usage of noise insulating materials. Ride quality is enhanced owing to Gas-pressure shock absorbers and the 2018 BMW X3 glides smoothly on city roads. It can tackle off-roading reasonably well, though you cannot call it an off-road centric car.
2018 BMW X3 – Price and Date of Arrival
The exact price of 2018 BMW X3 is not announced. However, the company is not likely to step up the price by a huge margin. So, you can expect the base trim to be priced at $40.000. Top end trim price may be close to $60.000. However, a properly equipped xDrive 35i may be priced above $62.000. The release date is sometime in mid-2017.
The 2018 BMW X3 carries forward the legacy of a sporty midsized luxury SUV. The new CLAR architecture which the car is based on has contributed to weight loss. This will definitely make the X3 agiler and enhance fuel economy numbers. The new powertrain also works in its favor and the announcement of an upcoming electric powered model may lure more buyers away from rivals. The BMW has also tweaked the suspension and deployed sound insulating materials to ensure ride quality is superior. However, the rear seat of 2018 BMW X3 is not very spacious and a few safety features are not offered as standard. The choosy buyers, however, will fall for the extensive customization options and numerous packages offered by BMW.