Published the first photos of the new crossover BMW

Joanna Estrada
June 26, 2017

BMW hasn't published pricing or EPA fuel economy, but all will be revealed before the new X3 goes on sale in November. This approach has worked to great effect in the latest 5 Series and we can only assume the new X3 will feel similarly impressive to sit in. BMW's signature kidney grille gets a tweak and new all-LED headlamp and tail lamp units have been added.The adaptive headlamp units feature BMW Selective Beam, cornering lights and daytime running lights with variable light controls.

Although the profile remains broadly similar to the old model, redesigned bumpers and more muscular rear profile will be the defining features in the new SUV.

The wheelbase might be stretched, but you wouldn't guess that from the interior dimensions. The rear seats fold 40:20:40 and can be released remotely from the cargo area.

The new X3 is also expected to be the first model launched to hold BMW's M Performance model.

There are new suspension components, too, and it's no larger than the outgoing vehicle. Penned by the same designer as the X1, the X3 draws on the smaller auto for inspiration, but has maintained the kinked window line and overall aesthetic as the previous generation vehicle. Thanks to standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic, it'll hit 60 miles per hour in 6.0 seconds and keep going up to 130 miles per hour. The X3 M40i for instance, is expected to reach 62 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds, comes with a 3.0 liter six cylinder, twin turbocharged engine that can deliver a top speed of 155 miles per hour and generate 360 hp. Out back, big taillights hug the new X3's shapelier fenders and emphasize the model's width.

First photos of BMW X3 2018 appeared online the day before the official premiere of the model. Standard equipment on the 2018 X3 includes Sport seats with power-adjustable bolsters, three-zone automatic climate control, a 40/20/40-split-folding and reclining rear bench seat, and a forward collision warning system.

Performance is stronger than ever before, thanks to the updated powertrains. In performance "M" spec, BMW says the new X3 can make the 0-60 miles per hour run in just 4.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 155 miles per hour. M40i models benefit from M Sport brakes, an M Sport exhaust, and either a traditional M Sport suspension or available Adaptive M Sport suspension. On the other side of the coin, an optional Luxury package adds revised front grille trim and cushier dashboard upholstery. Eight inches of ground clearance and an nearly Jeep Grand Cherokee-matching fording depth of 19.6 inches mean BMW hasn't completely abandoned the X3's ability to perform off-road.

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