The third generation of 2018 BMW X3 SUV isn’t far from its debut. We’ve already seen spy shots depicting a number of prototypes, including some for a high-performance X3 M model, but now BMW has released its own photos of the redesigned X3 taken during winter testing near the Arctic Circle.
The testers are wearing the least bit of camouflage we’ve seen yet and reveal a design very similar to the one on the latest BMW X1. The design is more muscular than on past generations and the size also looks to be up slightly.
BMW says it’s just completed the final round of winter testing for this generation of the 2018 BMW X3. Part of the testing is to ensure the car operates as normal even during extreme cold temperatures. However, at this late stage, the engineers are more focused on fine-tuning dynamic behavior of the vehicle on the extensive ice surfaces of frozen lakes found near the Arctic Circle in the winter.
The new 2018 BMW X3 will be longer, wider and roomier on the inside, while also being lighter and stiffer. It will also come with new engine options, ranging from the new B48 2.0 liter turbo-four to the B58 3.0 liter turbo inline-six. The latter will likely be what’s powering the upcoming X3 M40i variant.
Expect horsepower to be in between the 355 hp of the X4 M40i to about 400 hp, but likely closer to the former. That engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, but a manual option is probably unlikely. xDrive all-wheel drive is also almost guaranteed to be standard.
The next generation BMW X3 will be making its official debut later this year. While that’s still some time away, the German auto giant has teased us with some very cool (pun intended) official images of the luxury SUV in the snow-clad region of Arjeplog, North Sweden during winter testing. The 2018 BMW X3 is BMW’s mid-size luxury SUV and is currently in its second generation.