2018 BMW X3 First Official Photos And Details Of All-New Model Leaked

BMW plans to officially reveal the next generation of its X3 this Monday, on June 26, but we’re guessing the memo got lost somewhere along the way in Honk Kong, as the brand’s local website posted the new model in all its glory.

Add to that extra press pictures obtained by BMW Blog and we have a crystal clear view of Munich’s luxury crossover that will go on sale later this year, very likely after its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the fall.

The third generation X3 evolves its predecessors exterior design language with some softer and rounder edges, prettier lighting units and an even larger interpretation of BMW’s trademark double kidney grille.

We don’t have all the specs in our hands yet, but it seems that the new model has longer rear doors and quarter windows, suggesting that the wheelbase has been extended over the previous model’s 2,810mm (11.6 in).

On the inside, the X3 incorporates many of the styling and technology features seen on the new 5-Series with a digital display for the instrument panel (though, we expect this to be optional on most models) and large floating screen for the latest iDrive infotainment system on top of the dash.

Underneath the 2018 model you’ll find a revised version of BMW’s high-strength steel platform paired to a double wishbone front and multilink rear suspension, that will also form the base for the second iteration of the sportier-bodied X4 that will follow next year.

In these pictures, we get to see the X3 M40i that is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six delivering 360 horses and 500Nm (369 lb-ft) of peak torque mated to a standard eight-speed automatic turning all four wheels through BMW’s xDrive system.

According to the official spec sheet, the M Performance model hits 100km/h (62mph) in just 4.8 seconds topping out at an electronically limited 250km/h (155mph), while returning an average fuel consumption of between 8.2 and 8.4 l/100km (equal to 28.0-28.7mpg US or 33.6-34.5mpg UK).

BMW’s Hong Kong webpage also notes the X3 xDrive20d and xDrive30d diesel models. Four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline versions, including the US and Canadian market 2.0-liter xDrive30i with the same 248hp output as on the new 530i, will be added to the range.

Later on, we will see a plug-in hybrid baby brother to the X5 xDrive40e with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, as well as the first pure M X3 sporting a version of the M3’s 3.0L straight-six with over 400 horses.

BMW X3 xDrive20d:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 5.4–5.0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 142–132

BMW X3 xDrive30d:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 6.0–5.7
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 158–149

BMW X3 M40i:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 8.4–8.2
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 193–188


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  • roy


    • Bob

      I was here to say the same thing but I see you went through the effort of doing it for me.

      • roy

        My pleasure

  • NG212

    First X3 I actually like.

  • Carenthusiast

    I like it…. Will be a big seller

  • Dennis James

    It still looks bad, but not as bad as before.

    I am glad they at least gave up on the ugly design element of merging the headlighs into the front grille. It was just not working. But now the headlights look like the 1-series headlights, which is very un-flattering to say the least.

    The side profile looks a little bit better than before, but the Mercedes competitor just looks much better.

    • Mark S

      Agree about the headlights.

  • cashifyer

    YAAAWN… Boring as before..
    There are several other options that looks waaay better. This one drives good though (as all bmw´s) bu thats not enough.

  • Akira

    What a surprise, it’s a small X5.

    • Toronado_II

      No, a big X1 actually.

      • SteersUright

        No a small X5. The X1 is actually a beautiful design, though quite small. The X5 and this very similar X3 are solid and handsome designs, but nowhere near as well proportioned and detailed as the smaller X1, though more impressive in size, obviously.

  • fabri99

    I like that it looks…grown up. The previous model was truly hideous, this…well, it isn’t beautiful, but not even terrible. The front end is too squared in my opinion, it reminds me of Toyota SUVs (especially the Highlander and the Sequoia): it makes the car look bigger than it is, which is not necessarily a bad thing on this kind of cars anyway.

  • StrangerGP

    awful pig’s nose

  • europeon

    Looks like an X5 to me. I guess I’ll pass them on the street as oblivious as I pass X5s now.

  • Tex

    Same as before more or less. The wheels make the difference. This is the top model( I will not be surprised if it reaches $70k), the rest of the line up with more mundane wheels will look invisible(the current ones with 17″ wheels make them look downright dorky.) BMW needs a Hyundai warranty to get me in its showrooms.

    • Daniel Chamero

      The current model’s wheels start at 18″

  • Six Thousand Times

    For those who love their CR-Vs but want to trade up to something a bit nicer with a pricier badge.

  • OdysseyTag

    It’s official: The 1-series headlamps are a thing at BMW.

  • Matthijs

    Looks fine but thats it. BMW really has issues designing good looking bumpers these days…


  • Tumbi Mtika

    It still looks average. Come on, BMW!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I just…I can’t find any passion behind this car. It’s so cold, so mechanical.

      So German.

    • Rares

      Hey Tumbi Mtika how’s the previous X3

    • Rares

      If you not interested then tell BMW To HURRY THE FUCK UP AND DO EXOTIC SHIT TO X3 G01 and also haven’t you heard of New Dacia Duster the debut is a lie the article says duster will debut in june 22 but it’s a lie i hope you understand


    Boring ,,,!!!!!

  • Kash

    The headlights look too dopey and almost wide-eyed for me to like this. the rest of the styling in the face just doesn’t work with those lights. it reminds me a lot of the current 1-series before the facelift. There’s also too many creases and cutouts along the sides, it’s overall too busy for me. BMW is really off their design game. Their cars are looking super bland because they’re trying to over design them which just makes a mess.

  • Nordschleife

    Go ahead Carscoops and do a can you spot the difference for this model too. Well I am happy that they removed the circular driving/fog lamps.

  • Sly

    XC60 R-design…need I say more. But if you must have a BMW badge, so sad. Go get your X3.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks nice, reminds me a lot of the first gen X3, except the size of the first gen X5.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    With the new Volvo XC60, Alfa Stelvio and the next E-Pace by Jaguar I think BMW and Germans generally must to reinvent their design, they really need to do that. This X3 is born old to me…

    • Mark S

      BMW people will love it.

  • jaykit

    BMW has done well with their taillight design lately. These are no exception and look like those on the new 5 Series.

  • Toronado_II

    Carscoop, What about a picture comparaison of the X1, X3 and X5 ?

  • This looks great…

  • Mark S

    The subtle changes make a big difference. This is the first X3 I really like, it is much more balanced and proportional. I also like that the headlights are not touching the grill. Nice Job BMW, now how does it drive?

  • ErnieB

    Sorry, but give me the xc60.. this looks just boring to me.. the Volvo looks so much better.. might not be as sporty in the handling department, but it damn is it a pretty car..

  • nauticalone

    It’s an improvement yes…but I’d still prefer the XC60.

  • MG force.

    X3 and BMW bored too !!. And this would be the new x3 …! ???

  • MG force.

    Ever less personal!

  • Thando_Gqabaza

    What are we looking at here , again ?

  • lagunas3ca

    Way to copy the exhaust from a 2006 Kia Sportage…

  • bimo movuzzo

    KIA Sportage 2011 Taillights!

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