Launched in 2003 the BMW X3 slots itself in the SAV segment (SAV standing for Sports Activity Vehicle) and with this new X3 being in its 3rd generation, we see it going into a new phase of design and technology changes.
The new X3 oozes BMW new design language, with changes to aerodynamics and new technological advancements we find the new X3 more appealing, and with a new performance variant the X3 M40i boasting a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder turbo petrol with 265 kW and 500 Nm of torque which is capable of sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds we’re loving the direction BMW is taking in their SAV Department. Here are some technical highlights we’ve gathered from the cars press release.The BMW X3 launched the mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle segment when it arrived on the scene in 2003. More than 1.5 million units of the X3 have since rolled off the assembly line and now the third-generation model is ready to take over the baton.
- Eye-catching design ensures distinctive looks and highlights the car’s dynamic mission statement and familiar X character.
- Customers can choose from three model lines – xLine, Luxury Line and M Sport – and the BMW Individual range of products to align the inside and outside of the new BMW X3 even more precisely with their personal tastes.
- The range-topping BMW X3 M40i will be the first M Performance Automobile in this model series.
- Carefully honed chassis, including reduced unsprung mass and sophisticated axle kinematics, elevates sporty handling to another new level.
- From the launch of the new model (or shortly afterwards), the engine line-up will feature three petrol and two diesel engine variants with outputs from 135 kW/184 hp to 265 kW/360 hp (fuel consumption combined: 8.4 – 5.0 l/100 km [33.6 – 56.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 193 – 132 g/km)*. All models come with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.
- Weight reduced by up to 55 kilograms from the predecessor model thanks to intelligent lightweight construction; class-leading aerodynamics (Cd = 0.29).
- State-of-the-art operating system, with optional gesture control and Intelligent Voice Assistant.
- Owners can operate functions including the optional auxiliary heating using the optional BMW Display Key.
- BMW CoPilot: Options such as the latest generation of Active Cruise Control and the Driving Assistant Plus safety package including Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Assistant (est. from December 2017) and Lane keeping assistant with side collision protection provide extensive scope for (semi-)automated driving.
- The full range of latest-generation BMW Connected functions are available, providing seamless connectivity between owners, their cars and the outside world.
The new BMW X3 is expected to go on sale in November this year and will be built at BMW’s local plant in Rosslyn, for both local consumption and export.