While in Europe, BMW is getting ready for some interesting model range at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which opens is gates tomorrow, in South Africa, the carmaker`s local division has sent the G01 BMW X3 for some road tests, the model wearing full camouflage. This comes a week after the European sibling was tested out in the cold weather in Sweden.
If you are wondering why South Africa, it`s because the German based carmaker will be building some of the X3s at its Rosslyn plant.
As already previewed before, the new X3 will be bigger and wider, thanks to the new rear-wheel drive flexible modular system, coming with increase space inside and a wide range of engines under the hood. Overall, the new G01 X3 is also 100 kg lighter than the previous model.
Under the hood, the all-new 2018 G01 BMW X3 will be powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six diesel engine (B57) and a petrol B58, both pots being more powerful and torquier. As expected, a plug-in hybrid variant will also arrive, adding as well an all-electric X3 in 2020.
In South Africa, BMW has invested more than 3 billion Rands in the new plant in order to cope with the production of the all-new G01 BMW X3 and other models destined for the local market.
In Europe, the model will arrive on the market in August, while the US will have ready it at the local plant in Spartanburg, California, in early 2018. Stay tuned for further details!