Just as promised a couple of months back, BMW has officially unveiled the all-new 2018 X3, just ahead the 2017 Paris Motor Show, this autumn. The long-expected M40i Performance is also standing close to it, with plenty of new goodies and impressive power under the hood.
Just like in the previews, the new X3 brings fresh a new design, plenty of gizmos inside, the latest safety packs and an array of powerful engines under the hood.
From a visual standpoint, the 2018 BMW X3 stays faithful to the company`s new design language, with the “three-dimensional” kidney grille, fog lights with hexagonal design, while the rear end is highlighted by the twin exhaust pipes and downward-sloping roof spoiler, thus creating a more aggressive look.
As expected, the model is also wider, coming with a larger wheelbase and a 50:50 weight distribution between the axles.
However, the exterior design lines vary from one variant to another. In the xLine disguise for instance, the version can be had in the Satin aluminum or Silver matte, adding as well 18-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels, while the interior welcomes you with Anthracite headliner, standard Sport Seats with power adjustable side bolsters and so on.
There is also the Luxury Package as optional, with new chrome kidney grill bars and SensaTec dashboard, shortly followed by the M Sport Package, which adds plenty on new elements at the exterior and inside. We can also mentio here the M Aerodynamics kit with the massive 19-inch M double-spoke alloys and so on.
Technology wise, the all-new 2018 BMW X3 comes with plenty of gadgetries, such as the massive 10.25-inch touchscreen display, adding gesture control, Intelligent Voice Control, or BMW Connected app with digital connectivity. As for the safety systems, we should mention the most important ones – Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Blind Spot Protection, Lane Departure Warning, Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert rear, and Speed Limit Info (Navigation system required). You can also get the optional Driving Assistant Plus package, now available with the Active Lane Keeping Assistant with Side Collision Avoidance, Traffic Jam Assistant, Evasion Aid and Cross Traffic Alert front and rear.
In the engine department, the 2018 MW X3 is represented by the xDrive30d and xDrive30d, with power ranging between 190 HP and 400 Nm of torque – 265 HP and 620 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the xDrive30i petrol burner is now coming with 248 horsepower, with a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h done in a good 6.0 seconds.
Finally, the freshly-introduced 2018 X3 M40i is way more powerful than the rest of the lineup. We are looking here at a 3.0-liter M Performance TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine, with 360 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, allowing an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds.
Visually, the new X3 M40i is equipped with plenty of M goodies, such as M Sport exhaust system with Black Chrome tailpipes, ”M40i” logos on the front door sills and so on.