The BMW X3 blurs the line between an SUV and a wagon, but despite this – or perhaps because of it – the model has been a popular seller for the German manufacturer, selling over 1.5 million units since its launch in 2003.
Now BMW has unveiled details on the next generation X3, which is expected to hit Australian roads next year.
Changes include an all-new platform and plenty of additional driver comforts over the outgoing model, as well as a new M Performance model as the range topper.
On the outside, you’ll see styling changes that bring the X3 in line with the latest BMW design language – such as LED lights in the front and rear, twin exhaust pipes for all engines, and subtle tweaks to the overall design to reduce weight and make the car more slippery in the air.
BMW is also introducing a range of driving-assistance tools to make your journey smoother, including Active Cruise Control and Lane Change Assistance with their BMW CoPilot technology.
While specific details regarding the Australian lineup have not been released yet, the international version of the new BMW X3 will feature three petrol and two diesel engine variants with outputs from 135 kW in the entry-level X3, all the way up to 265 kW in the X3 M40i model. All models come with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.
Other handy features added to the X3 as standard include an automatic tailgate as well as underfloor bootspace to increase the carrying capacity to 1,600 litres.
Inside you’ll find plenty of options available, including a full-colour head up display so that you can keep your eyes on the road, as well as other interior options like tri-zone climate control or a panoramic glass roof.
The X3 is produced in three trim variants, including the sporty xLine model, the Luxury Line model (which ditches the xLine's satin aluminium finishes for chrome, adds radiator grille bars and two-tone underbody protection and gets different wheels). The M Sport trim gets M aerodynamic features plus a sports braking system with blue-painted callipers.
While no firm date has been set for the X3’s arrival to Australian shores, speculation suggests that it should make an appearance in early 2018.