2018 BMW X3 showcased at IAA 2017 – Live
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The 2018 BMW X3 has been showcased at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Here are the live images of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV).
The 2018 iteration of the BMW X3 has largely unchanged exterior dimensions but gets a 5 cm longer wheelbase and improved aerodynamics. At the front, the windshield is made of acoustic glass. There’s active flap control on the kidney grills, LED headlights and foglamps. The rear features an automatic tailgate and twin tail pipes.
Features in the interior include an iDrive controller with optional touchscreen and gesture control. There’s an optional three-zone automatic climate control; ventilated driver and passenger seats. It also features a 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrests with adjustable angle.
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The new BMW X3 line-up from launch consists of the xDrive20d with a four-cylinder diesel engine, the xDrive30d with a straight-six diesel unit, and the range-topping petrol model, the BMW X3 M40i. The company will introduce the BMW X3 xDrive30i (in December 2017) as well as the 20i (in mid-2018) engine variant, which will be available in both rear-wheel-drive (sDrive) and all-wheel-drive (xDrive) versions. However, the sDrive version will not be available in Europe.
The xDrive 20d makes 190 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 400 Nm at 1,750- 2,500 rpm. The xDrive 30d punches out 265 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 620 Nm of torque at 2,000 – 2,500 rpm. The xDrive30i, which will be available by the end of this year outputs 252 PS at 5,200 rpm and 350 Nm at 1,450 – 4,800 rpm. All the engines pair with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
For safety, the vehicle comes with Driving Stability Control (DSC) including ABS, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Automatic Differential Brake (ADB-X), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Start-Off Assistant and Hill Descent Control (HDC). The 2018 BMW X3 is scheduled to be launched in November 2017.