An all-new BMW X3 is due to arrive for the 2018 model year. Recent reports reveal the third-generation model is most likely to enter production in August 2017. Expect the new X3 crossover to introduce a new design language that should later be implemented across the range. It will also ride on a new rear-wheel drive modular platform that will make it stiffer and lighter. Moreover, the redesigned model will adopt plug-in hybrid technology as well as a next-generation 3.0-liter diesel engine. As for the 2018 BMW X3 release date, expect it to hit European dealerships in November 2017. When it comes to American buyers, they should expect first deliveries to begin in early 2018.
Design and Features
Several spy shots of a test mule recently spotted in South Africa give us a clue about the upcoming redesign. The X3 prototype seems to have a new glass house and longer rear doors, which suggests a longer wheelbase. A less steeply raked rear window hints the 2018 BMW X3 will benefit from increased cargo capacity. Design-wise, expect this popular crossover to feature an evolved version of its familiar styling. So, most of BMW’s signature styling cues such as the kidney grille will be only slightly revamped. Underneath, the upcoming X3 is said to adopt an upgraded high-strength steel platform. Expect it also to get a modified double wishbone (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension.
When it comes to engine options, the 2018 BMW X3 is likely to share its range with the latest 3-Series. So, expect it to offer a host of upgraded four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units, depending on the market. Rumor has it that BMW’s new B58 modular 3.0-liter V6 should join the lineup. As mentioned, a plug-in hybrid version is also in the mix. Some sources have even speculated about an all-electric X3 to hit the market at a later date. Standard transmission for four-cylinders will be a manual six-speed, while all other powertrains get a ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic. Those who opt for performance-oriented models can expect an X3 M, as confirmed by recent spy shots. However, detailed reports on performance specs have yet to come.
2018 BMW X3 Pricing
We expect the 2018 BMW X3 to come with a small price increase over the outgoing model. In its current form, the X3 starts just above $39,000 for the 2018 X3 sDrive25i. Just like its predecessor, the all-new X3 crossover will rival the likes of Audi Q5 and Land Rover Evoque.