BMW has revealed its all new 2018 model of the X3. The revamped model has been provided with a series of new features and equipment, along with an M Performance variant, a first-time move for the X3.
Apart from the new platform, the revamped X3 will be provided with new technology, new engine options and seems to be promising a better driving experience.
The two models of the X3 will be X3 xDrive30i and X3 M40i. Although the pricing hasn’t been announced yet, the new model has been scheduled for sale in November.
The current X3 had been on sale since the year 2010, and despite some minor upgrades, the car had been due for a major update.
In the update, the 2018 X3 has the same overall dimensions, but the wheelbase has been given an extension of 2.2 inches, which helps balance the 50:50 front/rear distribution of weight.
Styling of the BMW 2018 X3
The 2018 X3 is an advanced version of the existing design. The car looks good, even if it feels like a smaller version of the X5 with modern outlook and features. The xDrive30i variant has been provided with silver accents and chrome all around the car’s body. While the M40i forgoes that and instead opts for body color accents along with large M-style vents and ducts. The X3 has LED lights on both the rear and front. There is also a sharp character line on the car’s hood and sides. Another changed aspect is that the X3 can now be equipped with a trailer hitch that has been factory installed.
Just like the car’s exterior, the interior too seems like the next logical step in designing X3. The revamped model will have the floating infotainment system as well as driver oriented dashboard that have a touch of familiarity within itself. The 2018 model of X3 now provides a larger than before panoramic moonroof, and a three-zone climate control system. The car’s rear seating can be folded in 40:20:40 ratio and can be released remotely.
With a 75 percent larger HUD, the touchscreen system within the car stands at 10.25 inch. The system comes with the latest iteration of the BMW iDrive 6.0. The iDrive system will make it possible to use gesture controls and various voice commands. Since connected car systems have been surfacing a lot, therefore, BMW apps for Android and iOS will be integrated. Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S2, S3 and Amazon Echo can also be used to improve the integrated information.
X3 comes with a variety of features to assist the driver and improve the security of the vehicle. There are active and passive features such as blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, traffic-jam assist and cross traffic alert.
Parking will now be an easier prospect due to the BMW’s remote camera view and its ParkNow service. The feature will use historical data mapping for finding parking spots.
The 2018 X3 has two different engine variants, a 355 Horsepower 3.0-litre inline six turbocharged engine for the M40i; and a 248-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine for the xDrive30i.
Both the engine variants are all wheel drives and are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission mode.The M40i can hit 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph. Peak 369 pound-feet of torque on the inline-six arrives at just 1,520 rpm, remaining flat until 4,800.
The M40i will be able to hit 0-100 kmph in just 4.7 seconds and will have a top speed of 250 km/h.
Because of the overall improvements in the multiple departments like the engine, weight, and aerodynamics, both models of the 2018 X3 will be fuel efficient. BMW has reportedly talked about the usage of underbody sealing for the purpose of reducing drag. BMW’s Air Curtains allow and manage the air flow to the brakes, engine and A/C so as to provide optimal performance coupled with efficient methods.