BMW’s X3 mid-size luxury crossover was originally launched in 2003, offering families and other activity-loving SUV buyers the abundant strengths of its larger X5 sibling wrapped up in a slightly more compact package.
When is the new X3 coming to the UK?
The third-generation BMW X3 will be introduced towards the end of 2017 and is currently undergoing rigorous testing in sub-zero temperatures close to the South Pole in Sweden, perfect for ensuring that BMW’s highly-respected xDrive four-wheel drive system will work optimally and keep drivers safe on a variety of terrains.
BMW’s core values set to shine in a thriving sector
SUVs now form the fastest-growing segment of the UK car market. The new version of the X3 is poised to compete with the latest Audi Q5, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus NX and Mercedes GLC. BMW models are typically renowned for their class-leading handling.
A sharp, modern and reassuringly familiar design
The X3’s historically thickset silhouette and kinked rear pillar are set to be retained, but the third generation model will see BMW’s ever-present kidney grille hallmark flanked by stunning new LED headlights, combining heightened aesthetic allure with enhanced visibility. The rear lights have been widened and will showcase BMW’s exciting new design language, and various body panels will appear sharper to accentuate the X3’s sporting prowess – but BMW has once again followed the path of tasteful evolution rather than revolution.
Increased comfort, technology and practicality
With a cabin inspired by the brand’s 7 Series saloon, the new X3 will be sure to gratify BMW loyalists and newcomers alike, blending the latest infotainment and safety technology with a contemporarily minimalist design. Autonomous emergency braking, stability control, adaptive LED brake lights and other standard or optional systems will reassure family customers in particular. While business fleet managers and company car drivers will be impressed with BMW’s ConnectedDrive services and apps, the new X3 naturally supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems.
Space matters in this vehicle class. A significant advantage of it being built on BMW’s latest platform is that the new X3 will be longer and wider, making it more comfortable for passengers and more accommodating for luggage. Under the skin, Munich’s latest mid-size SUV has shed up to an impressive 100kg, resulting in greater levels of agility and dynamism that will guarantee a sportily addictive driving experience.
Perpetuating BMW’s reputation for rear-wheel drive, the BMW X3’s engine lineup will comprise highly economical diesel 150hp sDrive18d and 190hp sDrive20d versions, while diesel buyers looking for extra punch will relish the 224hp xDrive25d and 258hp xDrive30d.
Customers more suited to petrol power can choose between the 190hp sDrive20i and 252hp xDrive30i. Those seeking scintillating performance will anticipate the introduction of the all-wheel-drive X3 M40d automatic producing 320hp and the 360hp M40i. BMW is also tipped to launch hybrid versions of the new X3, badged xDrive30e and xDrive40e, indicating their differing performance credentials and the model’s increased environmental focus.
In a competitive segment, BMW is once again set to raise the bar with the introduction of the new X3 in autumn 2017. Its wide-ranging improvements and ever-present driving pleasure are sure to leave Cooper BMW’s retail and corporate customers impressed.