BMW unveiled its all-new third-generation X3 mid-size SUV overnight, well ahead of an Australian arrival, which is expected to be in early 2018.
Three engines will be available initially. The only petrol X3 will be the M40i variant, powered by a 3.0-litre turbo inline six engine producing 265kW and 500Nm and able to accelerate to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds. That’s quicker than the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, and 0.4 seconds slower than Audi’s RS Q3.
Completing the new X3 range at launch will be a pair of diesel models called the xDrive20d and xDrive30d.
The xDrive20d will have a 2.0-litre turbo diesel inline four-cylinder engine, while the xDrive30d will have a 3.0-litre turbo diesel inline six-cylinder engine. Both will send power to all four wheels.
The xDrive20d will produce 140kW and 400Nm, while the xDrive30d will make 195kW and 620Nm.
Two other petrol variants, the xDrive30i and xDrive20i will be available at a later date, in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive specification.
Major advancements for the all-new X3’s platform make it lighter and more efficient than its predecessor.
Despite low-profile rubber, and chic city styling, the X3 will also be capable once bitumen turns to dirt. This is thanks to 204mm of ground clearance, a 25.7 degree approach angle and a 22.6 degree departure angle, plus a 500mm wading depth.
The xDrive all-wheel-drive-system in the new X3 has been calibrated with a rearward bias for a more sporting feel, but can send power to each corner of the vehicle independently to provide maximum traction during poor conditions.
Expect the new X3 to arrive in Australia early 2018. Local specification and pricing will be announced closer to the Australian launch.