The latest iteration of the BMW X3 introduces significant changes, although it remains based on the previous model. This could potentially mark the final X3 with an internal combustion engine, as the electric IX3 is expected to debut in a year, based on the Vision Neue Klasse X concept car.

Farewell to the IX3 for Now

The new X3 lineup exclusively offers diesel or petrol engines, featuring 2.0-liter variants and a Plug-in Hybrid option. A forthcoming six-cylinder diesel engine is anticipated by 2025. Leading the pack is the M50, equipped with a 398 HP inline-six petrol engine that accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds.

BMW’s MHEV system ensures the M50 achieves up to 13.1 km/l in fuel efficiency, complemented by enhancements like larger M Sport brakes, an M Sport differential, and variable sports steering.

The Popular xDrive30e Plug-in Hybrid

The xDrive30e plug-in hybrid combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with a 22.3 kWh battery and an electric motor. It delivers a combined power output of 299 hp, an electric range of 87 km, and an impressive fuel efficiency of 133 km/l. This model is expected to be particularly popular in Nordic regions.

Engine Lineup
Xdrive 20 2.0 208 hp, 330Nm
30e Xdrive 2.0 PHEV 299 hp, 450Nm
M50 Xdrive 3.0 398 hp, 580Nm
Xdrive 20d 197 hp, 400Nm

Cabin Inspired by the 5 Series

The cabin of the new X3 has undergone a comprehensive upgrade, focusing on design, materials, and technology. Dominating the dashboard is a large curved screen that integrates a 12.3-inch driver display and a 14.9-inch touchscreen in the center. Control of the driver display is facilitated by the new steering wheel, which features the latest controls also found in BMW’s 3 Series and 5 Series. Below the screen, an illuminated touch panel from the latest 5 Series provides essential controls. Physical buttons on the dashboard are minimal, while the center console houses a gear selector, iDrive controller, and buttons for driving modes, volume, and parking aids.

About the Cargo Space and Towing Capacity BMW boasts a boot capacity of 570 liters, expandable to 1,700 liters with the rear seats folded down. For the plug-in hybrid variant, these figures adjust slightly to 460 liters and 1,600 liters, respectively. Depending on the engine variant, the new X3 can tow up to 2,500 kg.

The new BMW X3 retains its distinctive compact SUV identity and is poised to compete vigorously against rivals like the Mercedes GLC. Pricing details for the new X3 are eagerly awaited.


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