The X3 is one of BMW’s better selling cars meaning that they are also trying their best to make it as great as possible. The ongoing model is a good car but it is by no means great. It is a bit too soft, especially when compared to its predecessor. On top of that the car lacks a high performance model which is a problem its competitors do not have. All of this is expected to change with the upcoming 2018 BMW X3. While they didn’t say much about it, the car has been spied testing on the Nurburgring. It seems it will get slightly larger over its predecessor. This is mostly thanks to BMW’s new CLAR architecture which will allow them to increase the size of the car while decreasing the weight by at least 200 pounds.
On top of that we wouldn’t be surprised if BMW offers a brand new running gear. Considering how much experience they now have, we do hope they’ll manage to offer a more impressive car than before. The new model is expected to be better to drive as well as more comfortable than its predecessor.
With this new car at least an entirely new trim level could be added into the mix. It seems the X3 will receive a M40i version. This will be priced quite aggressively when compared to the X4, so it might be a much better deal for some.
Inside the cabin
So far the interior of the upcoming 2018 BMW X3 hasn’t been revealed to the public. However, considering BMW’s latest models it is safe to assume the future X3 will boast a more impressive cabin than its predecessor. For starters, the dashboard will be the same cleaner-looking one from the 3 and 5 Series.
On top of that the car might receive a slightly lower driving position, more headroom and legroom as well as a larger trunk, all thanks to its new chassis. The materials are set to improve across the range while the safety features will be offered as standard on all models which will be a huge step up over its predecessor.
2018 BMW X3 Design
Even though the car has only been seen in camouflaged form, there are plenty of details shown through it. In the front the new X3 will get a much larger kidney grille which extends lower. The headlights seem quite slim in comparison to its predecessor and the hood seems to be quite a bit more aggressive too.
A high performance version sporting larger air intakes in the front, bigger brakes, wider wheels as well as a brand new rear bumper was also seen a while ago. This car also had a subtle roof spoiler which was previously unavailable.
BMW X3 Under the hood
In Europe the 2018 BMW X3 is going to be available with rear wheel drive, a 6 speed manual and either a 2.0 liter gas or diesel engine. This is going to offer right between 150 and 200 horsepower depending on the engine of choice and it will be aimed at corporate use. All the other versions are set to receive more powerful engines, all wheel drive and an 8 speed automatic as standard. With this new generation of the X3 we may see the introduction of BMW’s new inline 6 set of engines. These could offer between 270 horsepower, for the diesel, and north of 370 horsepower for the gas-powered engine. The latter will likely power the X3 M40i which will be a huge step-up over the older xDrive 35i. A hybrid might be offered at a later date but so far BMW didn’t say much about this possibility even though it’s clear this is the direction the market is heading to.