Based on BMW’s CLAR modular platform, the new BMW X3 2018 will be lighter, spacious feature loaded and highly fuel efficient.
The much-awaited new BMW X3 2018 has been revealed at the company’s Spartanburg plant in the USA. It will go on sale in the American market by the end of this year, while the India launch could take place towards the end of 2018. The new model is developed on the BMW’s new CLAR modular platform, which is claimed to be very light. The same platform was used to develop new 7 Series that is also lighter & more efficient than the previous model.
Thanks to the new platform, the new BMW X3 dimensions have been increased that returns into spacious cabin. The vehicle also has less kerb weight compared to the outgoing second generation X3. Measuring 4,716mm in length, 1,897mm in width and 1,676mm in height, the new X3 model is 61mm longer, 17mm wider and 16mm higher than the previous car. Adding to it, the wheelbase has been increased by 54mm to 2,864mm. This architecture has been developed with a mixture of high-strength steel, aluminium and carbon fibre, which allow this frame to be light and sturdy. Adding to it, the SUV is also claimed to be the safest BMW structure till date. This platform is versatile enough to accommodate various body styles and powertrains of BMW sedan and SUV series. Adding to it, the CLAR frame has been designed for RWD drivetrain.
Despite being bigger in size, the new BMW X3 is claimed to be 55kg lighter than the outgoing model. The reduction in weight is achieved with the use of lightweight metals and alloys, including hot-formed high-tensile steel within the floorpan, etc. The new BMW X3 will be available in three trim levels – xLine, M Sport and Luxury Line. It looks sharper, thanks to revised “three-dimensional” kidney grille with sleek hexagonal LED headlamps, heavily sculpted bonnet and prominent creases. Lower bumper has been redesigned and the nose now sits more upright to give a more aggressive look. The rear gets 3D looking LED taillights and sloping roofline. BMW has also added several elements for drag reductions, such as active louvers in the front grille, roof mounted spoiler and underbody cladding.
The M Sport variant gets blue-painted callipers and new wheel design. Inside the cabin, the X3 features the same driver-oriented dashboard with floating LCD touchscreen and improved quality for materials. The cabin is designed in-line with 5-Series, featuring a free standing infotainment system, a heads-up display, 12.3-inch all-digital instrument console, a 10.2-inch infotainment system with gesture control and voice recognition, etc. Read More – 2017 BMW 5-Series Price & Other Details
The new generation X3 is scheduled to go on sale in the American market towards the end of this year or early next year. In India, the vehicle could be launched by mid next year. BMW could unveil the SUV at the Delhi Auto Expo 2018.
The current model is priced at Rs 48.85 for base model and Rs 54.9 lakh for top-end model. With added features and improved cabin, the new model could be priced slightly more than the outgoing unit. It is expected to cost between Rs 50 lakh to Rs 58 lakh. Read More – 2018 BMW 8 Series Concept Makes Global Debut
For international markets, the third generation X3 will come with a range of petrol and diesel engines. The vehicle will also get a hybrid powertrain, but on later stage. The range-topping model will be powered by a 3.0-litre, in-line, six-cylinder petrol engine that is good for 360bhp of power and 500Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to all-4 wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Other engine options will include a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder and 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder diesel engines producing 190bhp and 265bhp, respectively. The vehicle will also get a new petrol engine, which is a 2.0-litre unit that is good for 184bhp in the 20i and a meatier 251bhp in the 30i. Read More – BMW i8 facelift to debut this year
Based on the BMW’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, the new X3 is bigger than the previous model. It measures 4,716mm in length, 1,897mm in width and 1,676mm in hight, which makes it 61mm longer, 17mm wider and 16mm taller than the previous model. The wheelbase has also been raised by 54mm to 2,864mm, which turns into spacious cabin. It is claimed to be 55kgs lighter than the 2nd generation X3, and the kerb weight of the car stands at 1,750kg.
The overall profile of the car looks largely identical to the outgoing car, but it has sharper looks. The SUV continues to feature BMW’s signature three dimensional kidney grille and sharper new LED headlamps in hexagonal shape. The lower bumper has been re-designed while the nose now positioned upright for a more aggressive look. There are prominent creases along the sides and tailgate and large alloy wheels. At the back, the SUV gets LED taillights with a 3D look and a sloping roof spoiler. BMW has claimed that the SUV has added several drag-reducing measures including underbody cladding, a sizeable roof-mounted spoiler and active louvers in the front grille.
Inside, the interior is more premium than the current generation X3 and is designed on the lines of new 5-Series. It gets the driver-oriented dashboard with the floating LCD touchscreeen and improved quality materials and finishes. The vehicle features a free standing infotainment monitor for the first time. It is expected to get smart touchscreen key fob, which is already offered in the 7 Series. The vehicle also has new cubby holes, such as larger spaces inside the centre console and door pockets that acccommodates up to 1-litre bottle. As optional, the new X3 has 12.3-inch all-digital instrument console, a 10.2-inch infotainment system with gesture control and voice recognition, and a heads up display. While the XLine and Luxury models cabin are elegant in nature, the Sport variant gets M Sport steering wheel, BMW individual headlines, M logos and aluminium trim.
Thanks to longer wheelbase, the legroom space has been raised by 20mm while the seat height is increased by 20mm. The American model will be include with several high-end safety features such as lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control and others.
Based on BMW's new CLAR platform, the new BMW X3 will be lighter, faster and more efficient. The interior will be a step forward, equipped with better quality material and finishes.