A brand new set of leaked photos of the 2018 BMW X3 SUV had emerged online and based on a lot of features, it has been confirmed that they are indeed of the upcoming model.
Similar to many other spy photographs, the ones released now are of low resolution and doesn’t do justice to the car’s amazing design. However, it is the first ever glimpse at the X3 SUV without any camouflage. BMW knows how to market their product that they released their own spy shots some time ago revealing their car but the new images show all the details along with the ones showcased by the brand. They did release a teaser video as well to support the photos in their Hong Kong website.
Being a mid-sized SUV, the designers didn’t try to change the size or shape of the car. The lack of drastic increase in size allows buyers to feel comfortable with the car in terms of spacing and driving experience. The styling is what that can be called evolutionary as there’s a much bigger front grille this time combined with brand new headlights and an overall rounded look. The changes are subtle but strongly proclaim that this is indeed a 2018 model of the popular BMW SUV.
Many of the changes that can be found in the 2018 BMW X3 SUV are not visual but rather enclosed within to improve the overall experience. The new SUV is mounted on a rear wheel drive platform which is lightweight when compared to the existing one. It is supposed to provide much better fuel efficiency, drivability and loses significant weight providing better handling in tight corners. The entry level model is expected to weigh at 1,700 kilograms which is at least 100kg lesser than the current model.
The new platform is lightweight yet provides more headroom and legroom for the passengers. Three different variants of the X3 will arrive when it gets officially launched. The top of the line M40i model will be powered by a 3.0-liter straight six-engine delivering up to 355 horsepower combined with 500Nm of torque. The top speed of the car will be pretty impressive at 155 miles per hour and can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds.
A plug-in hybrid variant is also being considered which could significantly increase the weight of the car but it will be only for those who like to adopt electric tech along with the conventional powertrain. The 2018 BMW X3 SUV may also get the M division treatment if things go as planned.