New 2018 BMW X3 SUV spied again

New 2018 BMW X3 SUV spied again

0 comments 📅23 June 2017, 08:30

BMW's next-formation Audi Q5 rival sheds a little extra camouflage in latest series of spy shots

A untried batch of BMW X3 spy shots has landed, and while the new BMW SUV – due on sale in the middle of 2018 – is still heavily masked, this is our clearest look at the upcoming Audi Q5 rival yet, providing a mannerly glimpse at the car’s evolutionary styling.

BMW had previously teased the new model in a series of official spy shots, but these brand-new photographs strip back the masking around the front of the car a little more. Whole, the profile remains much the same, and we don’t expect the new X3 to swell in size over the current ideal. 

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Auto Express understands that the new X3 SUV drive use a new lightweight rear-wheel-drive platform to improve fuel economy, carrying out and handling. That means it’ll be slightly longer, boosting space in the hut, but up to 100kg lighter than before. The platform also underpins the new 5 Series saloon, together with an all-new 3 Series expected in 2018.

The new architecture will mean a slight enhance in overall length and a small step up in practicality. As our main image shows, there inclination be only slight visual changes for the X3 when the wraps come off towards the end of this year, winning of a likely debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January. BMW’s trademark kidney grille last will and testament be flanked by a pair of sharper LED headlamps, while reshaped bumpers and more athletic rear haunches will be the defining features.

However, the new platform will specify more dramatic changes are expected under the skin. Between 50kg and 100kg is reasonable to be stripped out of the new X3, which could bring the weight of the entry-level model down to round 1,700kg. But the availability of plug-in hybrid tech also means the heaviest model could exceed 2,000kg. It’s understood that car is likely to appear 18 months after the X3’s monogram debut.

When it arrives, the powertrain could be lifted straight out of the current 330e saloon – made up of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol motor and an electric motor, developing 249bhp. BMW may increase the power output on the plug-in X3 to make restitution for the extra weight, but expect CO2 emissions of around 60g/km.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the companions’s M Division could finally get its hands on the X3 and develop a fully fledged rival for the Porsche Macan Turbo. An Audi RS Q5 is on the cards, so BMW choice be looking to counter any such arrival; the 425bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo perpendicular-six from the M3 is a likely contender to provide the power.

Diesels will make up the size of sales, though. The 262bhp six-cylinder diesel from the new 7 Series will be carried throughout for the X3 30d and a more powerful version used for the 35d. The big seller will continue to be the X3 20d featuring a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder.

Entrance-level sDrive rear-wheel-drive models will be paired with a six-hurry manual gearbox and should see CO2 emissions dip below 130g/km. Four-wheel-mot xDrive versions will still prove popular and will come with BMW’s eight-alacrity ZF automatic gearbox as standard.

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