The headquarters of BMW could be in Munich, but the German company wants to see the success of production in the US. For more than two decades, the plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has been building BMW products, including the Z3, the first generation Z4 and variants of the E36 3 series. The 5 million square foot facility today has the task of assembling mid-range crossover SUVs (X5 and X6) and the compact class (X3 and X4), including the brand new BMW X3 2018.
Like its predecessor from Spartanburg, the third generation X3 will also be available with a four- or six-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive, or BMW Style xDrive, is now standard, while a diesel engine option is no longer on the table. Four-cylinder 2018 X3s christened xDrive30i equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four, while the six-cylinder models of the M40i carries nomenclature and a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six.
Despite the fact that they mirror the shift of the gas engines of the X3 exhaust, the two engines of the X8 X3 are completely new to this model line, even if they are shared with other BMW products like the 3-Series and the fifth-row. The engines are powerful and stronger than their predecessors, with xDrive30i models delivering 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, a gain of 8 hp compared to the old inline-four (just two fewer lb-ft). Even more impressive is the performance of the M40i: 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, gradients of 55 ponies and 69 lb-ft. Both engines are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters; The M40i adds a startup control feature.
The new drive is complemented by a fresh styling, which gives the compact crossover an expressive appearance. Thanks to a wheelbase 2.2 inches longer than before, the new X3 has a more pronounced profile with a long bonnet, a tapered roofline and a waistline that goes up behind the C-pillar as a reminder of the Originals 2004 X3. The total length is also more than two inches. At the front, the new crossover is characterized by large air intakes, which are low, are mounted in the dashboard, the headlamps which are pushed to the edges of the front fenders and BMW’s signature kidney grille, which now includes closures, which reduce air resistance. In the rear, the large taillights connect the new shaping fenders of the X3 and underline the width of the model. Eight inches of ground clearance and an almost Jeep Grand Cherokee-fitting 19.6-inch road depth ensure that BMW has not completely abandoned the off-road capability of the X3.
While the X3 xDrive30i have standard 18-inch wheels and tires to wear and aluminum and silver exterior accents, a premium package adds available overworked bumper covers on the front and the back with two-tone finishes and additional chrome finish. The choice of the M Sport package results in an aggressive-looking body kit similar to that of the M40i as well as standard 19-inch wheels. The first-class M40i goes even further with flared wings.
Inside, the cab of the X3 has a center console placed at an angle to the driver and the ubiquitous electronic shift lever of the brand. The standard features of the 2018 X3 include sports seats with height-adjustable supports, an automatic zone control system with three zones, a fold-down rear bench seat 40/20/40 and a collision warning system. Despite the longer wheelbase of the vehicle, the passenger compartment is about the same as before, but the load volume increases with one cubic foot, with all the seats in place.
The X3 M40i has honed its M Performance badging with a four-wheel drive system that splits a greater portion of torque to the rear wheels than smaller X3s, larger brakes with four-piston calipers, a dual-mode exhaust system, and a trim-specific suspension with reconditioned springs, dampers and stabilizers. Adaptive valves are available on both models and feature Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Adaptive driving modes. M40i models equipped with this feature also add a harder Sport + setting.
Other optional extras include a panoramic sunroof (standard on M40i), a head-up display that is 75 percent larger than the old X3 and a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation of the latest BMW iDrive software and compatible with Apple CarPlay. , Buyers can also add BMW gesture control, which allows users to interact with the infotainment system without touching the screen or the iDrive controller. In addition, X3 can be equipped with active safety systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, a Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Delay Warning and Lane Assistant as part of the optional driver assistance package.
The BMW X3 from 2018 will be available in November. Although prices may not be known before the date of purchase, we would bet that the new engines, additional technology and standard four-wheel drive of the 2013 X3 carry a starter in a compact crossover SUV BMW. Thousands of prizes exceeds the sum of $ 41 045 for the least expensive and rear-wheel drive X3 will be put today.