The current generation of the X3 has been released back in September 2010 and after 2015 redesign we are getting 2017 BMW X3 as an all-new model. It quickly became BMW’s best-selling crossover thanks to the fact it offers a really nicely balanced chassis, powerful and reliable engines as well as the usual BMW quality inside and out.
In order to stay on top of its competitors, the car will receive a massive update with the 2017 BMW X3, which is actually going to be an all-new model that will have little in common with the ongoing version. The new X3 will be based on BMW’s newest “35up” platform which will not only allow it to be around 200 pounds lighter than the ongoing model, but it is also significantly stiffer than the one used by the current generation of the car.
2017 BMW X3 Release Date
Unlike the X1, which grew quite a bit, the X3 will remain nearly identical to the current model regarding actual size and proportions. However, the car will get new exterior and interior designs, new engines as well as an upgraded running gear. The end result should be a more comfortable car with better on-road characteristics that will offer its driver greater enjoyment behind the steering wheel than before. The car is close to the release date considering the model spied testing a while ago looked finished, so it will most likely arrive this year at Geneva.
Even it comes with the great amount of camouflage we can see upgrades but about that, we will talk a little bit later. The price is still unknown, but it is likely that will adopt the same pricing scheme of the original, starting under $40,000 or to more precisely at $38,850. Price for higher trim xDrive35i version will go to about $47,650 which represents a hefty jump.
Engine wise, it is highly unlikely that the 2017 BMW X3 will receive the small 1.5-liter three cylinder unit in its base trim level. Instead, we are almost positive that the car will use the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four from the top end X1, which is quite a capable engine at 230 horsepower and more than 250 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual will likely be available in Europe and only on this engine and the base diesel which is going to be a new generation 2 liter unit that will offer between 170 horsepower and 230 horsepower as well as more than 300 lb-ft of torque. The transmission most people are going to get though will be BMW’s great 8-speed automatic which is available in most of their cars.
Rear wheel drive will likely be offered only with the base petrol engine while all-wheel drive will be standard on all the others. A high-performance version of the car will be delivered in two different tune levels. The base will be the X3 M40i, which is expected to pump out up to 360 horsepower while a true M X3 is going to churn as much as 422 horsepower and more than 400 lb-ft of torque. Both of these will only get all-wheel drive and a tweaked eight-speed automatic. Upgrades to suspension and steering system will be notable, and drivers will definitely like this.
The exterior design of the car will not change as much as we would like and it will be more of an evolution rather than an all new look. The front end will receive BMW’s new wide-nose grille; the headlights will be slightly slimmer and mounted further inward while the back of the car will get a new tailgate as well as a new bumper to make it look a bit sportier. LED technology for daytime running lights and in tail lights is offered as standard. We expect again to see projector lamps in headlights, but it is possible that higher trim level models will get LED for the main beam but take this with reserve.
The inside of the 2017 BMW X3, on the other hand, will take a lot of inspiration from that of the 3 Series sedan and unlike its smaller brother that is rumored to come as a seven seats crossover, the X3 will only be offered as a five-seat model. This also means that it will be offering a larger trunk than its sibling as well as more space inside the cabin.
Currently, there are no details about interior and exactly what we are getting. On few spy shots that give us a glimpse of a dashboard, we can see the pop-up navigation screen and paddle shifters mounted right behind the steering wheel. Details here are pretty limited but like with previous year model, this one brings top notch quality. As soon as we get more info about interior and all other segments, we will complement this article.
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