The X3 has been the car that basically started the compact luxury crossover market. Ever since it was released it remained one of the best-selling models and even though more recently this is no longer true, it still is one of the better cars out there. In order to get back on top, an all-new version is going to be released with the 2018 BMW X3. This new car will finally get to use BMW’s brand new CLAR architecture which also underpins the new 7 Series. With it, the X3 will weigh a lot less than before. In fact, some rumors suggested losses of as much as 200 to 300 pounds.
Price and Detail of BWM X3 2018
The new platform is not only going to be lighter but it will also be significantly stiffer. This means that the NVH levels will improve considerably and the X3 will become even better to drive than before. Some rumors suggested a while ago that the new X3 will become front wheel drive. This is not true especially since it will use the CLAR architecture which his a rear wheel drive chassis. BMW will also move the car slightly upmarket thanks to the fact they will also release an X2. This will basically fill in the role of the base X3 so BMW will be able to focus on the more powerful and expensive models. Expect the new car to start at over $40,000 and go up to more than $55,000 for the higher end models.
Even though BMW hasn’t actually released any pictures as of now, spy shots of the prototypes have been photographed a few time so far. From these, we can see that the 2018 BMW X3 is slightly longer, wider and lower than before. It also seems to look a lot closer in design to the upcoming X7 with a coupe-influenced design which really makes us think about a sports car. With the new BMW X3 2018, two new models will also hit the market. There will be the X3 M40i which is going to boast a unique exterior with upgraded aerodynamic features. This will also include larger wheels than the standard model, blacked out exterior accents, a roof spoiler and different, front bumper. The X3M, on the other hand, will build up on the M40i but it will get as extras body-colored accents, a different exhaust system, and considerably wider tires.
2018 BMW X3 Interior
So far there haven’t been any leaks regarding how the interior of the X3 will look. Despite that, inside sources said that the car will actually borrow parts from the 5 and 7 Series sedans. This is quite interesting, especially since the older model had a lot more in common with the 3 Series. This basically confirms that the car will definitely get more luxurious than before which also means a higher price tag.
Under the hood
The base 2018 BMW X3 is expected to retain the 2 liters turbocharged petrol engine as standard. Most other models will be quite similar in output to the older model. The big news here are the two new models. The M40i should receive a turbocharged 3 liter inline 6 petrol engine with 355 horsepower and over 300 lb-ft of torque. The X3 M, on the other hand, will get a twin-turbocharged engine, most likely the one in the M3. This is known to make around 425 horsepower and over 400 lb-ft of torque. Both of these will more than likely come with BMW’s xDrive as standard and both of them should get an eight-speed automatic as well. While a manual would be fun, it is highly unlikely in a crossover at this price point.