The new X3 retains the same basic suspension setup as the outgoing model, including five-link rear independent suspension, although adjustable dampers are now available on all models, including the base X3. Moreover, BMW has already announced the X3 is going to lose its combustion engine in 2020 when an all-electric version will be launched. This features a twin-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 355bhp and goes from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds; aided by the launch-control system, this is exactly the same time the Porsche Macan Turbo takes to do the same sprint. However, the wait to get a glimpse of the new X3 and its top model X3 M40i has been slightly shortened as images and details have been leaked on BMW's Hong Kong website. It makes 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Further improvements have also been made to the eight-speed Steptronic transmission and the BMW xDrive intelligent all- wheel-drive system to add efficiency, according to the company.
Suffice to say the new X3 looks the part. At 4.7-metres in length and with a wheelbase of 2.8-metres, that is one roomy vehicle including a 550-litre boot which can be expanded to 1600-litres by folding down the rear seats which can split fold 40:20:40. Overall length is up more than two inches, as well. The 2018 X3 will come with the CLAR as well as increased power all across the model's new lineup. A 204mm ground clearance, 25.7 degree approach angle and 22.6 degree departure angle, plus a 500mm fording depth provide decent on-paper promise should the terrain turn tricky.
The xDrive 30i can also be equipped with an M Sport package that includes additional exterior aerodynamic elements, larger 19-inch wheels (with 20-inch wheels an available upgrade), M Sport leather steering wheel and M door-sill badging. Boot space is now up to 550-litres, or 1,600-litres if you fold the back seats. The restyled front bumper now gets LED foglamps and sensors for BMW's optional Driving Assistant Plus, including semi-autonomous driving tech. Also, BMW will reportedly add four more turbocharged gasoline versions. Gesture control from the 7 Series and 5 Series is optional, as is a head-up display that's 75 percent larger than before. Optional safety features include blind-spot monitors, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control.