The third-generation BMW X3 made the premiere in June 2017 and the model comes on the scene as the 2018 version. The changes in model’s styling are evolutionary while under the skin the model hides new lightweight platform. The newest model also has techier interior and adds a new level of active safety equipment.
The 2018 version is available in the base xDrive30i and performance M40i option. However, BMW is already looking to the future and the 2019 model year will bring more upgrades. Big changes are not expected in the current versions but the new version will arrive for the 2019 BMW X3. The high-performance X3 M has already been spotted while testing and BMW will also add the plug-in hybrid model but probably not for the upcoming model year.
2019 BMW X3: Design
The recent redesign made the BMW X3 lighter thanks to BMW’s CLAR modular architecture and model rides on the longer wheelbase. The wheelbase measures 112.8 inches which is 2.2 inches up from the previous generation. The styling has changed evolutionary. The model has more rounded nose and larger grille version. The headlights are also thinner and more angular.
The 2019 BMW X3 will return in the same form when we are speaking about the two versions available for 2018 model year. The high-performance X3 M will, on the other hand, have a more aggressive styling. This version will sit lower and probably be slightly wider. The model will also get unique 20-inch wheels. Up front, the M version will have sportier front bumper while the rear will adopt M signature quad-exhaust setup. The model will also sport beefier fender flares.
Inside the newest BMW X3 is more spacious and has larger touchscreens. The model adopts brand’s latest design language and quality of materials is up to brand’s standards.
The new model year won’t bring big changes inside the cabin but the X3 M will get unique sportier treatment.
The X3 will come with BMW’s latest infotainment system and loads of active safety systems. The safety rig will include lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, low-speed automatic emergency braking. BMW’s Driving Assistant Plus rig will also contribute with low speeds automated steering, lane departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and front cross-traffic alert.
2019 BMW X3: Powertrains
The entry-level 2019 BMW X3 will come with the same engine as the newest version. The xDrive30i will have a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine under the hood. The power this engine provides is 248 hp and torque 258 pound-feet. The M40i will exploit a 3.0-liter turbo-6. This option will improve over the base version to 355 hp and torque to 369 lb-ft. With this engine, the X3 will hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Both versions will come in the combination with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
As for the X3 M, it should use a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 from the M3 and M4. With the engine under the hood, the X3 M should produce around 425 hp and torque around 406 pound-feet. The transmission will be also 8-speed unit and model will use a rear-biased all-wheel drive.
2019 BMW X3: Arrival, Price
The 2019 BMW X3 will arrive in late 2018. The price range will stay close to the current. The base version should start at around $44k.