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The BMW X3 was the car that launched the mid-size SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) segment in 2003. Since then, BMW has recorded more than 1.5 million new registrations of the X3 across the two model generations so far. And now the new BMW X3 is set to write the next chapter in this success story with an even more striking, dynamic design language, powerful yet also efficient drive systems and luxurious appointments. Like all members of the successful X family, it blends standout driving qualities on any terrain with unrestricted everyday usability.

Sharper design and three model variants.

The third generation of the BMW X3 follows in its predecessors’ tire tracks by combining rugged off-road looks with a sporting presence. Its familiar proportions, including very short front and rear overhangs, shine the spotlight on the perfect 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle.  The potent dynamic intent of the new BMW X3 is highlighted by a chunky kidney grille and foglamps featuring a hexagonal design for the first time on a BMW X model. At the rear, the light clusters (whose three-dimensional look in optional full-LED guise give them considerable visual impact), markedly downward-sloping roof spoiler and twin exhaust tailpipes bring matters to a suitably muscular conclusion.

The xLine, M Sport and Luxury Line trim variants (the latter is a new addition to the line-up) and the range of BMW Individual items enable the appearance of the BMW X3 to be adapted even more precisely to the customer’s personal tastes.

Optimized combination of dynamic sharpness and ride comfort.

The BMW engineers have employed far-reaching chassis modifications to significantly improve the driving dynamics, directional stability and steering feel of the new BMW X3. The car that emerges is even sportier than its predecessor, yet avoids compromising on ride comfort. Chassis options include M Sport suspension, Dynamic Damper Control, M Sport brakes and variable sport steering.

Even more efficient line-up of engines and intelligent lightweight design.

From the launch of the new model (or shortly afterwards), the engine lineup will feature three petrol and two diesel engine variants with outputs from 135 kW/184 hp to 265 kW/360 hp (fuel consumption combined:  8.4 – 5.0 l/100 km [33.6 – 56.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined:  193 – 132 g/km)*. All models come with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.

The rigorously applied BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy for the new BMW X3 includes both fuel-economy-optimizing powertrains and the extensive application of intelligent lightweight design measures. The new BMW X3 is up to 55 kilograms lighter than the respective predecessor models in similar specification. Added to which, the new BMW X3 boasts a classbeating drag coefficient of Cd = 0.29.

BMW ConnectedDrive: semi-automated driving and cutting-edge connectivity.

When it comes to the BMW Personal CoPilot features focusing on driver assistance and (semi-)automated driving, the new BMW X3 can be specified as an option with the latest generation of Active Cruise Control and the Driving Assistant Plus safety package, including Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Assistant (est. from December 2017) and Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision protection. This extensive line-up of assistance systems puts clear water between the new BMW X3 and its direct rivals.

The full range of latest-generation BMW Connected functions are available, providing seamless connectivity between owners, their cars and the outside world.  Owners can operate functions including the optional auxiliary heating using the optional BMW Display Key. In addition, the new BMW X3 has a state-of the-art operating system, with optional gesture control and Intelligent Voice Assistant.