BMW’s 2018 X3 model is the third generation of this impressive vehicle, and likely to be the most talked-about model yet. Baroque Ground takes a look at the newest X3 to see if it lives up to its reputation
The very first BMW X3 was launched in 2003, and some 15 years later, this German SUV is still a force to be reckoned with. After selling around 1.5 million X3s since the launch of its first one, automaker BMW has created the latest model and it’s extremely impressive.
Let’s face it, the market for mid-sized SUVs is full of contenders, but BMW’s X3 still stands out from the crowd. It’s more powerful and elegant than its predecessors, but maintains that special cachet. It’s a touch above, but still as recognizable, with its versatility and uniqueness. BMW knows a good thing when it sees one, which is why there are X1, X2, X4, X5, X6 and X7 models now as well as the stunning X3. Figures show that this model constitutes 34% of BMW’s sales globally – and it grows daily.
Of course, many other prestigious brands have followed suit, a lot of them with great success. But as the front-runner, BMW has stood its ground. Being released this year, the 2018 BMW X3 is certainly something to write home about. The bestseller in the range is likely to be the 2.0 liter diesel – 20d, which is more expensive than the other 2018 models, at around US$57,400, but for those who want a diesel, well worth every cent.
So what does it look like, this new X3 iteration? Very much like all those that have come before, but under the bonnet, it’s a different scenario. Yes, there’s the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, as powerful as ever. But much of the new X3 has been designed along the lines of the new 5-series. The vehicle is longer by 51 mm, 10 mm wider and around 55 kg lighter. The entire design is smoother and more modern inside and out, with more interior space that is of a higher quality, with touches of wood, leather and alloy trim along the lines of the new 5-series. Yes, everything is high-tech and luxurious, with added touches such as checking the fuel level, changing heat and ventilation and locking the vehicle all done remotely with a smartphone.
Those lucky enough to have driven this new creation say that the driving experience is one of the sportiest on the road, and it’s firm and comfortable. The engine gives a speed of just 8 seconds from 0 to 62 miles. Of course, the panoramic sunroof makes for an exciting ride both off road and on the tar.