BMW X3
(3rd Gen)

3rd Gen BMW X3 Front Image
  • Model Year 2018 to Onwards
  • Class Compact Luxury Crossover SUV
  • Layout Front-Engine, RWD
    Front-Engine, 4WD
  • Style 5-door SUV
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Overview

The BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover SUV manufactured by German automaker BMW since 2003. Based on the BMW 3 Series platform, and now in its third generation, BMW markets the crossover as a Sports Activity Vehicle, the company's proprietary descriptor for its X-line of vehicles. The third generation of the BMW X3 is manufactured at BMW South Africa's Rosslyn plant, a facility that recently underwent a major upgrade to prepare for the X3 production. About 76,000 units will be manufactured there annually. Designed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace, Volvo XC60, Lincoln MKC, Lexus NX, and the Range Rover Velar. It slots below the larger X5 and the Coupe like X6, but above the smaller X1 and the X2. Within the arrival in 2017, the third generation BMW X3 has a new design created by Calvin Luk, BMW's Australian designer. The new version is codenamed G01 and was unveiled in June 2017. The new X3 crossover will adopt a plug-in hybrid technology, and will be made available in two 2.0 litre diesel units known as B47, a next-generation 3.0 diesel engine, and a petrol variant, a gasoline-powered, turbo-charged straight six with a displacement of 2998 cc. The third-generation X3 gained the latest technology courtesy of the BMW 5 Series, such as The BMW gesture control (optional), LED exterior and interior lighting, and the latest BMW iDrive 6.0 system with a 12.5 inch widescreen touch-screen monitor for navigation systems. Depending on the model, the new X3 is as much as 55 kg (121 lb) lighter than a comparably equipped corresponding model from the previous X3 generation. In July 2018, BMW introduced the ability to option the X3 with the sDrive intelligent rear-wheel drive system. The Alpina XD3 made its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The XD3 is fitted with an Alpina-modified version of BMW's Diesel inline-six engine. In the quad-turbo left-hand drive version, the engine outputs 383 hp; 285 kW, and 770 Nm, 568 lbf ft, giving a 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 4.6 s and a top speed of 266 km/h (165 mph). In the bi-turbo right-hand drive version, the engine outputs 328 hp; 245 kW and 700 Nm, 516 lbf ft, giving it a 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 4.9 s and a top speed of 254 km/h (158 mph). A battery-electric version with a WLTP-rated 400 km (249 mile) range based on the third generation X3 is expected to be released in 2020. The BMW iX3 is the first i model based on an existing car in BMW's line-up. The iX3 produces over 270 hp and has a battery capacity of over 70 kWh. The electric powertrain is distinguished by a more compact design than that used by the existing BMW i3 with the electric motor, transmission and power electrics grouped together in a single component. It allows BMW to significantly reduce production costs over the old unit. As with the Audi e-tron, the BMW iX3 features a control unit that permits its battery to charged at fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW, allowing it to be fully charged in just 30 minutes. The BMW iX3 will be built in China, with Norway being among the first markets.





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