2018 BMW X3 Is New, but Is it Improved?
MotorWeek drives the redesigned and more powerful third-generation BMW X3 to find out.
“With great power comes great responsibility.” If a sign with those words on it isn’t in every automaker’s meeting rooms, it should be. The people tasked with developing the next generation of any vehicle, such as the 2018 BMW X3, can shape the future of that model and possibly the company itself, but they can’t be too cavalier about it. It’s never a guarantee that the new version is going to be a hit. Consumer tastes could change, the economy could tank, fuel prices could shoot up and doom it before it hits dealership floors.
According to the above MotorWeek video, it seems as if the people responsible for developing the all-new, third-generation 2018 BMW X3 didn’t drop the ball. It’s larger than its predecessor. Presenter John Davis said, “Now in its third generation, the wheelbase grows 2.2 inches, but most exterior dimensions only see minor changes.”
The X3 is also more powerful. The new 30i model’s turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 cranks out 248 horsepower while the 35i is now known as the M40i and uses a turbocharged 355-horsepower 3.0-liter I6. Both engines send their power through an eight-speed automatic. The available xDrive all-wheel drive seems more rear-biased than before – a great thing for wringing the “activity” out of the Sports Activity Vehicle.
Dynamic damping is available on both versions of the X3. MotorWeek‘s M40i tester had the available adaptive M suspension. Contributor Greg Carloss remarked that the X3 comes across as car-like, but also offers the solidity of an SUV. He said, “The thing I really like about the new X3 is that it has this lightweight and nimble feel that I don’t quite remember getting in the previous X3. It’s actually a lot closer to the X1.”
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Just like the wheelbase, certain interior hardware has grown in size. The head-up display is 75 percent larger and the center touchscreen is 10.25 inches. That’s good news for BMW. If you’re interested in the 2018 BMW X3, here’s some for you: You can get one today. According to Davis, “At dealers now, pricing for the 2018 BMW X3 starts under $43,000; the M40i for about $55,000.
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