About new generation of BMW X3 SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle), is written for a long time, speculation and speculation. Recorded a large number of spy photos and videos. Now the BMW released official photos test specimen. Production of the new generation models, beginning in August 2017, at the Spartanburg plant in the US. 2018 BMW X3 release date is set to the 1st quarter of 2018 year. Before that, the new model will be presented at one of the major motor shows during 2017. Probably in Frankfurt.
Although production of the new model will start in 2017 in the US, it will be relocated to South Africa. In fact, BMW is investing a hefty sum of money in its Rosslyn plant in South Africa. There it opens a plant for the production of a new X3, and the capacity of the plant in Spartanburg will be diverted to the production of the new BMW X7 SUV models.
Design and Construction
The new generation BMW X3 gets CLAR platform. This platform contributes to the reduction of vehicle weight by about 100 kg. In addition, the new model receives a greater dimensions and, in relation to the current version. The new X3 is wider and longer, with increased wheelbase.
2018 model is being developed under the codename BMW X3 G01, while the version with an extended wheelbase will carry a label, BMW X3 G08. This version is designed for Chinese customers. It is characterized by greater spaciousness for passengers in the rear.
In relation to the current version, 2018 BMW X3 offers a spacious interior, increased comfort and greater variability. Reducing the weight of the vehicle, directly affects the improvement in fuel economy.
In addition to a larger number of structural changes, the new generation gets the upgraded design. BMW X3 2018 continues a trend that is present in the newer models from BMW’s ‘X’ family. Inside, the new model offers greater comfort and quality materials, with comfortable seats.
2018 BMW X3 Engines
Earlier information is indicative of an extremely extensive range of powertrains. No doubt that will be the case. However, a new report suggests that the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engines, will be offered.
Certainly, we should pay attention to the version 30i with 252 horsepower, with 265 horsepower 30d and 35d with 320 horsepower. The offer will complement the 2018 BMW X3 M40i version with M Performance package software. This version has 3.0-liter 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine with 360 horsepower.
The offer will complement the 2018 BMW X3 Plug-In Hybrid version as well as a fully electric version of the model. Finally, the offer will complement the BMW X3 M 2018 model.
Plug-In Hybrid BMW X3 combines the 2.0-liter petrol engine with 245 horsepower and an electric motor of 95 horsepower. Total power is 300 horsepower with 700 Nm of torque. Exclusively on electric drive, the vehicle will be able to cross about 50 km, while average fuel consumption is 3.8 l/100 km.
2018 X3 Electric is expected with the 225 kW (306 horsepower) and lithium-ion batteries of 70 kWh, with an autonomy of 400 km.
2018 BMW X3 M should deliver around 500 horsepower output. Apart from the strong engine, this version of the standard version, different and special machinery. The list of equipment will find a head-up display, gesture control functions, numerous safety systems and driver assistance systems, as well as the M Sport package. This package includes a more aggressive aero kit, M wheels, sport exhaust system, modified suspension, upgraded brakes, along with a sleek interior with sports seats and the M steering wheel.