Official 2018 BMW X3 Photos Leaked Prematurely

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
official 2018 bmw x3 photos leaked prematurely

BMW wasn’t supposed to issue the global reveal of the new X3 until next week, but it seems its official website in Hong Kong didn’t get the memo. Product details and photos have appeared a few days earlier than expected.

While easily recognizable as an X3, the updated SUV’s more sinister headlamps and gaping air inlets service a more aggressive forward appearance. However, the profile and overall shape has changed very little. With the exception of some gentle buffing of the bodywork, to smooth down the sharper edges and altered taillights, BMW doesn’t appear to have changed much on the exterior.

Initially noticed by CarScoops, the Hong Kong images are identical to those leaked in France over the weekend. Everything is pointing to it using the company’s new CLAR platform to host a series of powertrain options. For launch, most of the world will receive engine options which include turbocharged four and six-cylinder engines — sized at 2.0 and 3.0 liters, respectively. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive will come as standard, while BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system will be offered for an additional fee.

Since BMW’s M division has to influence every single model the automaker is considering, the X3 will arrive with an M variant at launch. Hong Kong says that will come in the form of the M40i as the SUV’s top tier trim. Using the inline-six, the rumor mill places its specs at 360 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque — substantially stronger than the previous generation. According to the official website those figures yield it a 4.8 second 0 to 62 mph time and 155mph top speed. Converting from metric units, BMW says that will be good for between 28 and 29 miles per gallon.

Based on talk from Germany, we’re almost assured to see a hybridized powerplant in the future and possibly a genuine M Sport model with even more horsepower than the M40i. Hong Kong also specified two diesel trims that may or, more likely, may not make it to North America.

We’ll know more tomorrow. Until then, feel free to ogle or compare the third generation X3’s updated look against the previous incarnation.

[Images: BMW]

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Jun 26, 2017

    Talk about yawn-inducing. Add any more styling cues and they'll be approaching Chrysler Sebring territory.

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Jun 26, 2017

    Looks like an X1 hooked up to a helium tank for an extra few minutes. The 'different size sausage' car design worked when design was better - late 90's 3, 5, 7 series for example.

  • MaintenanceCosts We need cheaper batteries. This is a difficult proposition at $50k base/$60k as tested but would be pretty compelling at $40k base/$50k as tested.
  • Scott ?Wonder what Toyota will be using when they enter the market?
  • Fred The bigger issue is what happens to the other systems as demand dwindles? Will thet convert or will they just just shut down?
  • Roger hopkins Why do they all have to be 4 door??? Why not a "cab & a half" and a bit longer box. This is just another station wagon of the 21st century. Maybe they should put fake woodgrain on the side lol...
  • Greg Add me to the list: 2017 Sorento EX AWD w/2.0 Turbo GDI 68K miles. Changed oil religiously with only synthetic. Checked oil level before a rare long road trip and Ievel was at least 2 quarts down. That was less than 6 months after the last oil change. I'm now adding a quart of oil every 1000 miles and checking every 500 miles because I read reports that the oil usage gets worse. Too bad, really like the 2023 Tuscon. But I have not seen Hyundai/Kia doing anything new in terms of engine development. Therefore, I have to suspect that I will ony become a victim of a fatally flawed engine development program if I were to a purchase another Kia/Hyundai.