2018 BMW X3 makes global debut – Details, Specs, Photos, Videos
Striking in design, efficiency, comfort and luxury, the all new 2018 BMW X3 launch bridges the proverbial tech and design gap it's smallish crossover SUV has been dealing with
BMW X3’s journey has spanned 14 years, and two generations. The second gen X3 was released in 2011 and today, was the global debut of 3rd gen X3. A very successful product, a total of 1.5 million X3’s have been sold till date.
The new X3 comes with a range of efficient drive systems. Nestled in the comfort of luxury, it’s striking and rugged off-road façade characterize sportiness. Short front and rear overhangs are spotted immediately. The kidney grille in front remains, and hexagonal design foglamps are introduced. The latter features for the first time in a BMW X car.
What is New
In fact, the newness, it is telling. The new, G01-generation BMW X3 rehaul factors in design language, technology, interiors, engines, and chassis. Balance lays in 50:50 weight distribution between front and rear axle. Chassis choices include M Sport suspension, Dynamic Damper Control, M Sport brakes and variable sport steering.
18-inch light-alloy wheels are offered as standard, slightly bigger than 17-inch wheels fitted on the previous gen. Owners can choose wheel/tyre combination sizes up to 21-inch.
Interior upholstery tilts towards classy. Equipment options boost comfort through a 3 zone automatic climate control, Ambient Air package, and active seat ventilation. The panoramic glass roof brings in perceived airiness, and cargo space depends on the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrests. The optional BMW Display Key locks and unlocks the car by radio remote control, and displays status information, and controls optional auxiliary heating.
Rear light clusters (optional full-LED), downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes manifest muscularity. The midsize SUV is available in three trims: xLine, M Sport and Luxury Line.
New BMW X3 engine choices include two diesel engines and three petrol units: 265 kW/360 hp BMW X3 M40i M Performance; 185 kW/252 hp BMW X3 xDrive30i; 140 kW/190 hp BMW X3 xDrive20d; 195 kW/265 hp BMW X3 xDrive30d. The 135 kW/184 hp BMW X3 20i (AWD or RWD) will be launched a bit later but not in Europe. All engines are mated to eight-speed Steptronic transmission in its newest form.
Intelligent lightweight design is optimized through use of aluminium components in the engine and suspension, among other things. New BMW X3 is about 55 kgs lighter in its newest avatar.
BMW Personal CoPilot features facilitating driver assistance and (semi-)automated driving, does justice to Active Cruise Control. Driving Assistant Plus safety package features Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Assistant, and Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision protection.
Technology and Safety
BMW ConnectedDrive Services and apps working on BMW Connected uses smartphones, smartwatches, and devices to integrate the car and one’s digital footprint. Commute related details like addresses from stored info on a smartphone can be transferred automatically to the car navigation system, to set destination, and check ETA.
Gesture control makes finger and hand gestures the only requirement to operate a few navigation and infotainment system functions. Optional Voice Assistant intelligently deciphers common speech patterns that negate the need to set customary spoken commands. So, whatever you say, your car understands what you mean. The optional Head-Up Display (HUD) brings together technologically advanced graphics, resolution, and display options, to bring vital driving data to the driver’s line of sight.
Old vs New
New BMW X3M – Photos
New BMW X3 – Photos