A third generation BMW X3 is on the horizon and is expected to come out in 2018. Spy shots have revealed a test mule in South Africa that gives us a clue about the redesigned X3. The new crossover will feature a new design language that should be implemented in future models in the range. Robert Janitzek gives us a glimpse of what the redesigned X3 will bring to the table.
Design and Features
Spy shots reveal that the redesigned BMW X3 will adopt plug-in hybrid technology as well as a next-generation 3.0-liter diesel engine. It will be built on the new, rear-wheel drive flexible modular system offering more interior space and a redesigned seating system to ensure increased variability and greater comfort. This will also make the new BMW X3 stiffer and lighter. It is also expected that the new X3 prototype will feature a new glass house and longer rear doors.
Most signature styling cues of the European brand car such as the kidney grille will be slightly revamped. Underneath the X3 will adopt an upgraded high-street steel platform. It will also come with a modified double wishbone at the front and a multi-link rear suspension.
Rendering also showed a rather evolutionary design of the X3 with the front fascia getting its inspiration from the new X1 and G30 5 Series. The compact proportions and stocky look will be retained to clearly differentiate it from the rest of the X family. The front design experienced major adjustments due to new pedestrian safety regulations. The rear quarter will feature a slightly lower roofline than its current model and a one-piece tailgate.
As for the engine, Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the BMW X3 will likely share its range with the latest BMW 3 Series. This means that it will offer a host of upgraded four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units. It is rumored that the new B58 modular3.0-liter V6 will join the lineup. Aside from a plug-in hybrid version, there are speculations that there will also be an all-electric X3 that will be launched in the market at a later date.
Standard features for the BMW X3 will be a four cylinder manual six-speed. Other powertrains will get a ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic. Performance specs are not yet clear so wait for further revelations.
Price & Release Date
The BMW X3 was unveiled September 2017 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The current model has a $39,000 price tag but it is expected that the 2018 BMW X3 will have a higher price tag. The X3 is designed to rival the Audi Q5 and the Land Rover Evoque.