BMW unveils the third-generation X3

A small-capacity petrol engine, an M Performance version and various semi-autonomous driving technologies are the highlights of BMW's 2018 X3.

This all-new SUV – which arrives at UK dealers in November – will be offered with a choice of SE, xLine or M Sport trim grades. As standard, all have LED headlights, satellite navigation, Park Assist, leather upholstery, three-zone climate control and an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

BMW X3 xDrive M40i (2018) Front Side

While the initial engine line-up is being limited to a couple of diesel units, they're going to be joined later by a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol alternative. There's no word yet on whether a plug-in hybrid powertrain is coming, though.

In addition, the M40i variant is the undisputed range-topper. As well as an M Performance 3.0 litre, six-cylinder, turbocharged petrol motor, it boasts unique bumpers, upgraded brakes, recalibrated suspension and 20” lightweight alloy wheels.

Model X3 xDrive 20d X3 xDrive 30d X3 xDrive M40i
Power 187 bhp
(140 kW / 190 PS)
261 bhp
(195 kW / 265 PS)
355 bhp
(265 kW / 360 PS)
Torque 400 Nm
(295 lb/ft)
620 Nm
(457 lb/ft)
500 Nm
(369 lb/ft)
0-62 mph 8.0 secs 5.8 secs 4.8 secs
Top speed 132 mph
(213 km/h)
149 mph
(240 km/h)
155 mph
(250 km/h)
Combined cycle 56.5 mpg
(5.0 l/100km)
49.6 mpg
(5.7 l/100km)
34.5 mpg
(8.2 l/100km)
CO2 emissions 132 g/km 149 g/km 188 g/km
OTR price £38,880 £44,380 £51,280

Driver assistance is provided via a suite of functions known as BMW Personal CoPilot. With the right options specified, an X3 can now monitor and control its own acceleration, braking and steering when travelling along a multi-lane highway. Furthermore, several traffic warning systems are available.

If things do go wrong, then a built-in SIM card and Intelligent Emergency Call can automatically summon assistance and declare where an incident has occurred.

BMW X3 xDrive30d xLine (2018) DashboardBMW X3 xDrive30d xLine (2018) Side

BMW X3 xDrive30d xLine (2018) Front SideBMW X3 xDrive M40i (2018) Interior

BMW X3 xDrive M40i (2018) Rear SideBMW X3 xDrive M40i (2018) Dashboard

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