BMW leaked images of the new X3, two days before its official release. BMW’s Hong Kong website leaked the pictures, alongside some photos of the X3 M40i, the generation’s top model. The X3 will come in three different trim variants: M Sport, xLine, and Luxury Line.
The X2’s design was revamped towards a more aggressive feel and appearance to become the X3, with a much larger grille and sharper headlights and taillights.
More pictures and information will surface in the next few days prior to the X3’s launch.
The BWM X3 will launch this week
Only a few details leaked on the 2018 X3’s specs and there’s no word on pricing.
The BMW X3 M40i can reach 100 km per hour in just 4.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 250 km per hour. In consumes between 8.4 and 8.2 liters of petrol per 100 km, making it an efficient yet powerful midsize truck, able to compete against other models while following EU’s regulations on carbon emissions.
BMW highlights its athletic and robust appearance, but they also show that the X3 provides a new and pleasant driving experience. It employs BMW’s intelligent four-wheel drive system xDrive and adaptive LED headlights to offer a near-autonomous control of the road.
BMW’s xDrive allows the vehicle to split its torque between front and rear axles. The system also detects wheel slips, responding by redistributing engine power to the front or rear axle just as needed.
The X3 M30i features 360 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque aboard a 3.0-liter six-cylinder eight-engine. Its transmission comes with eight speeds and retailers can offer different degrees of xDrive such as the xDrive20d, 30d, 20i, and 30i.
The X3 is marketed as a “companion” for facing challenges and matching aspirations.
“Sovereign and even-tempered it sets out to discover the unknown, because it knows its inner strength,” writes Marc Michael Markefka, Head of Design for Midsize-Class BMW automobiles.
Interiors and e-bike compatibility
The truck’s interior features a driver dashboard with an LCD touchscreen. Depending on the trim variant, the interior comes equipped with different levels of luxury. For example, the M Sport has a unique steering wheel, designed for increased comfort and grip to face the harshest terrain conditions. Storage room and comfort are also primary goals in the X3’s interior, as it sports a “spacious roof box” and ample floor space for the legs.
“Perfectly framed by elegant surfaces, intelligent detail solutions create ample room for an active lifestyle,” stated Oliver Heilmer, Head of Interior Design at BMW.
The X3 is also the first vehicle designed to work alongside the BMW e-bike. It is a sporting e-mountain bike equipped with a battery and a motor. It supports three different riding modes for various types of terrain, and it is designed to allow the cyclist to face the steepest hills and downhills. The e-bike also works with the SPECIALIZED Mission Control app, which plans out the most optimal route beforehand to save battery. The BMW X3 will come equipped with a charging dock to charge the e-bike.
Source: BMW Blog