All-New BMW X3 Debut Date Revealed

26 Juin, 2017, 18:57 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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As standard, BMW will sell the all-new 2018 X3 in the USA fitted with the xLine design, but those willing to spend more will be able to tick the "Luxury Package" box making its debut on the X3. In addition, the X3 gets BMW's gesture control technology that will allow passengers to answer phone calls and adjust the volume of the radio with a wave of the hand or a twirl of the finger.

With prices starting at £38,800, the new X3 is priced just above main rivals like the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 and will reach dealerships in November this year. For more than two decades the company's Spartanburg, South Carolina plant has built BMW products, including the Z3, the first-generation Z4, and variants of the E36 3-series.

The ever-popular premium mid-size SUV class is full of fierce competition, but the X3 is now holding its own in second place with 1349 sales to the end of May this year - a decrease of 15.7 per cent over its 2016 result. Despite a mid-cycle refresh, the model was due for an update. Underneath its skin, the X3's chassis has been re-engineered to reduce unsprung mass and its wheelbase extended to reach ideal 50-50 weight distribution.

That's not to say it isn't handsome, though, especially in M40i spec with the larger wheels and body cladding, and the sleeker sheetmetal makes for a more elegant SUV than the last generation, and a more attractive one than the smaller X1.

According to BMW, each endeavours to tailor X3 towards customer tastes with alternative finishes for the signature kidney grille and underbody protection, as well as distinctive alloy wheel designs.

While the standard X3 xDrive30i wears 18-inch wheels and tires and features aluminum and silver exterior accents, an available Luxury package adds revised front and rear bumper covers with two-tone finishes and additional chrome trim. And, for the first time, buyers can get a factory-installed trailer hitch.

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Inside BMW has taken a big step forward from the outgoing X3's interior, with another combination of new and existing X3 design elements.

Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard, and the 40:20:40 folding rear seats can be set at different heights to accomodate cargo of all shapes and sizes.

The M40i will apparently come with ab 3.0 litre straight six engine with 355 horsepower and 500Nm of of torque. The rear roof spoiler and prominent exhaust pipes give the rear a fair amount of visual clout, but despite this butch look, the new X3 weighs around 55kg less than its predecessor and also features a reconfigured four-wheel-drive system that sends more power to the rear wheels by default. Judge for yourself. BMW says the X3 M40i hits 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds. Peak 369 pound-feet of torque on the inline-six arrives at just 1,520 rpm, remaining flat until 4,800.

Reductions in weight have been achieved thanks to a more liberal use of plastic and aluminium components.

Improvements to handling are promised by the brand, with reduced mass and range-wide 50/50 weight distribution complimenting the electric power steering. At the same time, BMW has improved the X3's aerodynamic properties with better-regulated air flow around the auto using active grille shudders, underbody cladding, and a rear spoiler.

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