The third-generation X3 will be priced from $68,900 and will initially be available in one petrol and two diesel AWD variants, the XDrive30i, xDrive20d and xDrive30d.
The turbo-petrol xDrive30i is expected to be the biggest seller of the trio with its 185kW/350Nm 2.0-litre engine capable of pushing it from 0-100km in 6.3 seconds.
The xDrive20d is powered by a 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 8.0-second 0-100km/h performance, while the range topping xDrive30d’s 3.0-litre straight six produces 195kW and 620Nm; 5kW/60Nm more than the current model resulting in a 0.4-second quicker sprint time of 5.8 seconds.
The launch trio will be joined by additional models in 2018 which should include the much vaunted 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.
The 2018 BMW X3’s exterior design was penned by Australian automotive designer Calvin Luk (pictured) who managed to combine city chic with off-road presence in a package that looks neat despite the pronounced shoulder lines and wheel arches, sculptured door and hood elements and a striking front end featuring bold lower bumper dominated by three air intakes.
Despite the low-profile rubber – 245/50R19 run-flats on the 20d and 20i models and 245/45/20 and 275/40/20 front/rear combo on the x30d – the X3 will lap up the dirt thanks to 204mm ground clearance, 25.7-degree approach angle and 500mm wading depth.
BMW Australia CEO Marc Werner says the all-new X3 sets a new bar in the medium luxury SUV segment.
“With an intelligent lightweight design, leading-edge infotainment systems and a spacious, family-friendly cabin environment, we expect the BMW X3 to be at the forefront of our brand for many years.”
2018 BMW X3 pricing
- X3 xDrive20d - $68,900
- X3 xDrive30i - $75,900
- X3 xDrive30d - $83,900