Redesigned for 2018, the BMW X3 will offer plenty of technology, luxury and sophisticated driving features when it launches this fall. Much to look for considering the success of the previous model in a segment that is full of strong competitors.
Although the second generation BMW X3 has been on sale since 2011, constant improvements have made it one of the best-selling vehicles. The redesigned model does not look different from its predecessor, but many improvements and tweaks will make the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class feel upset.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 BMW X3 is a four-door, five-passenger compact luxury SUV available in two trims: xDrive30i and M40i, which are differentiated by their engines.
The xDrive30i is powered by a 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline-four that produces 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, up 8 hp from 2017 models. According to BMW, the X3 with this engine can hit 60 mph in 6 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. The M40i gets the M Performance variant, it packs a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six generates 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Increases 55 hp and 69 lb-ft from the most powerful X3 from the 2017 model year. BMW expects the M40i to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
Every 2018 BMW X3 comes standard with all-wheel drive and the rear bias of this system has been increased for better handling. It also features an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the M40i model get specially tuned for sharper performance.
A complete list of standard features not yet released, but based on initial information from BMW, the 2018 X3 xDrive30i will get 18-inch alloy wheels, a pre-collision warning system, tri-zone automatic climate control, adjustable driving modes, front sport seats with adjustable side bolsters, a 40/20/40-split rear seat with individual seat recline, remote rear seat releases and the BMW iDrive infotainment interface.
Aside from getting a more powerful engine, the 2018 BMW X3 M40i will add a more aggressive front and rear bumper, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, a sport exhaust, a launch control feature, variable-ratio steering, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles and a Sport+ driving mode.
A various optional packages will be available for the 2018 BMW X3. The Driving Assistance package adds automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Driving Assistant Plus package adds lane departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, front cross-traffic alert and automated steering at low speeds. The M Sport package adds black exterior trim, larger wheels (20-inch wheels with performance tires), the M40i exterior styling upgrades, door sill plaques, an M Sport steering wheel and a leatherette-covered dashboard. The Luxury package adds chrome exterior elements and leather dash coverings.
Stand-alone options include adaptive suspension dampers, adaptive LED headlights, 21-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, multicolor ambient lighting, a head-up display, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 10.3-inch touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay.
Price and Release Dates
The 2018 BMW X3 has go on sale this November. Official pricing for the xDrive30i start at $43,445 (include the $995 destination fee), while the M40i carries a price tag of $55,845.
There are several other rivals such as the Cadillac XT5, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Volvo XC60 and Jaguar F-Pace. You can also choose the Acura RDX and the Lexus NX compact crossover, which span thousands of dollars below the X3 price point price.