Earlier this year, BMW gave us a first look of the next-generation X3 while still draped in camouflage. Now, BMW has revealed the 2018 X3 in full and with it comes the first M-Performance model in the series line. Thanks to new underpinnings, the next-generation X3 is also both slightly longer and wider than the previous one.
Overall, the X3 still retains its familiar shape from its predecessor. Compared to the previous one however, the new X3 features larger kidney grills and brand new adaptive LED headlights. The LED foglights meanwhile now sits flush atop the side air vents. Furthermore, the hood has a more muscular appearance, complementing the more aggressive looking front fascia.
Moving to the side, the X3 still features a similar character line as its predecessor. The window line has been revised towards the rear fender, giving it a sleeker look. Compared to the previous X3, the new model now has improved aerodynamics courtesy of a smoother roof line. Meanwhile at the rear, it gets a sleek pair of tail lights and a pair of twin exhaust for all engines.
Inside, one is met with the same familiarity as the exterior. The dashboard has been cleaned up giving a more simplistic look. Unlike the predecessor however, the new model now features a three-zone climate control, a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen, and individually adjustable angle for the rear 40:20:40 split/folding rear seats. With that, the standard trunk capacity can be further extended.
As regard for variants, the X3 will come with 3 different lines – xLine, LuxuryLine and M Sport Package. There is also a new range topper in the line, the X3 M40i. The M40i is also the first M Performance model in the X3 series line up.
Powering the M40i is a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine which outputs 360 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque with a top speed of 250 km/h. Other engine line ups include a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine for the xDrive 30i. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder complete the diesel lineup of the X3 for the xDrive20d and the xDrive30d, respectively. BMW is no longer offering manual transmissions for the X3 and announced that all variants will come standard with the eight-speed Steptronic automatic.
Like the previous model and the rest of the X-line, the X3 will be once again assembled in the United States at BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina factory.