Since its first introduction, the BMW X3 has been one of the most wanted small luxury crossovers on the market. Its versatility, comfort, design, size (in terms of not being too big), handling capabilities and technology features have always been kept modern and up to date. The new 2017 BMW X3, scheduled for arrival by the end of 2016 or early 2017 will bring many new features as well, such as new technology, light-weight platform and smaller dimensions, making it once again the leader in this segment.
BMW X3 Engine and Performance
The new BMW X3 won’t feature any new engine compared to the current model. Some would consider this to be a shame, but the current engines are truly remarkable and it would be too soon to release new ones.
The first, least powerful option will include a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, capable of producing 240 horsepower and a peak output of 295 pounds-feet of torque. The almost 100 horses more powerful variant will include a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, able to output 340 horsepower, with a peak output of 400 pounds-feet of torque.
One diesel option will be included as well and that is most likely to be an inline four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, capable of producing around 180 horsepower. The ever-growing hybrid version will be offered as well.
It will feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, coupled with an electric motor, capable of producing 94 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque, for a total of 334 horsepower.
The most powerful M package will feature a modified supercharged V8 engine already seen in the current model will slightly more ponies – 450 horsepower instead of the current 425. Regarding the transmission, no official information has been released at the moment.
Exterior, Platform and Design of BMW X3
Thanks to the new modular platform and extensive usage of light-weight materials, the new X3 will be almost 100 kg lighter than the current model.
It will follow the similar design style as the F15 X5 and the F16 X6 models, with the headlights stretching into the kidney grille.
The front will be slightly more aggressive thanks to the redesigned massive front bumper and lower roofline. Two side air-intake openings will feature round-shaped fog lights.
The headlights will feature an eyebrow-like shape with C-shaped LED daytime running lights.
The front signature kidney grill will be slightly larger than ones on the current model and will feature chromium trim.
BMW X3 2017 Interior and Features
Like before, the new 2017 BMW X3 will feature premium quality interior materials as well as abundance of luxury elements, such as chromium, aluminum and wood trims, leather-coated steering wheel and extremely well though-out buttons and switches layout.
The car will feature Harman Kardon sound system, digital radio, automatic air conditioning, satellite navigation, iDrive system, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, famous heads-up display and much more.
As far as the safety is concerned, features like the start/stop system, brake energy system, traction control, stability control, airbags to name the few, will be standard.
2017 BMW X3 Price and Release date
The arrival of the new X3 is scheduled for the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017. The starting price for the basic trim level, without any additional options will be around $40,000, which is the standard price of the entry level X3.