New BMW X3 arrives

BMW adding 1000 jobs at South Carolina car plant

Over 1.5 million examples of the BMW X3 have rolled off the assembly line in Greer, South Carolina.

As you'd expect, the styling differs from model to model; xLine versions get a tougher look with kick plates and rugged exterior details, while the M Sport features more aggressive, sporty add-ons as well as more body-coloured trim. All-wheel drive, or xDrive in BMW parlance, is now standard, while a diesel engine option is no longer on the table.

BMW has unveiled the third-generation X3, which will be a crucial model for the Bavarian carmaker as it looks to assert itself at the top of the premium mid-size SUV segment.

The xDrive20d is powered by a 2.0-litre inline four turbo diesel producing 140kW/400Nm, while the xDrive30d uses a 3.0-litre inline six turbo diesel engine with 195kW/620Nm. That's up 55 hp and 69 lb-ft from the most powerful X3 from the 2017 model year. Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddler shifters; the M40i adds a launch control function. The L-shaped tail lamp units get 3D LED light for a more dynamic appearance. Underneath its skin, the X3's chassis has been re-engineered to reduce unsprung mass and its wheelbase extended to reach flawless 50-50 weight distribution. Overall dimensions are roughly the same, but the automaker says wheelbase is up 2.2 inches. Along with a new platform, the X3 gets new engines, new technology, and promises to drive better than ever.

It's the brand-new BMW X3. The top-of-the-line M40i takes things one step with flared fenders. The website also happened to publish the specs for the 2018 X3.


Also standard across the range is three-zone climate control, with separate controls not just for the driver and front-seat passenger, but also for the back-seat passengers. Cargo space behind the rear seats is 28.7 cubic feet; with the seats folded, maximum volume is 62.7 cubic feet.

The M40i will be the first M Performance X3 offered.

On the tech front, all cars will come with BMW iDrive fitted as standard, with the same gesture control interface seen in the 7-series and 5-series available as an option.

If you want to add M-inspired goodies without having to put up with all that extra power, BMW will outfit your X3 with the M Sport Package, adding a new aerodynamic kit, darker trim pieces, and interior affects, including a new M Sport steering wheel.

The interior has also been enhanced for an ergonomic feel while drivers will also be able to benefit from a refined system connecting them to their auto and their smartphone, with gesture and voice control for BMW's ConnectedDrive. Additionally, the X3 can be equipped with active-safety features such as adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist as part of the optional Driving Assistance package.

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