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BMW X3 Will Reportedly Gain A Diesel Engine In The U.S. 17
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW X3, diesel, Reports, USA on 01 17th, 2018


BMW's lineup in the United States continues to grow as the company is reporting preparing to launch a diesel-powered X3 crossover.
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BMW Compares Current X3 To The Old One, Tech Progress Evident 18
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X3, Film, video, Visual Comparison on 12 18th, 2017


After more than seven years, BMW’s second-generation X3 finally got to tap out and allow a newer car to take on the likes of the Mercedes GLC or the all-new Volvo XC60.

While the third-gen X3 doesn’t represent a major styling departure from its predecessor, you also can’t ignore its larger kidney grille, sharper design lines and of course, modern, 2018-worthy tech – which by the way includes the new lights, front and rear.

Still, it’s the profile shots that might stick with you the most. The two cars in this video are both white and aside from a few creases, they look remarkably similar when viewed from the side.

Open its doors and you’ll notice how the newer model features a newly designed center console and more hexagonal forms and sloping edges found throughout the cabin. Then there’s the ambient lighting package and the 10.25″ touchscreen display with Gesture Control, not to mention all the new active safety tech and connectivity functions.

Overall, the 2018 BMW X3 is a strong contender within its segment, as most reviews have been on the positive side. But then, the old one wasn’t bad either, was it?

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Can The BMW X3 Tackle Morocco’s Tough Conditions? 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X3, video on 12 11th, 2017


The BMW X3 is in its third generation and compared to its predecessors, adopts a brand new design and a slew of technology changes. But, is it good enough to battle the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5?

Carfection recently jumped behind the wheel of the new X3 in Morocco and set about exploring some of the country’s phenomenal roads, ranging from paved surfaces, gravel paths, and right through to desert sand dunes.

The new X3 is slightly larger than the old model, adopting a wheelbase extended by 2.2-inches (5.5 cm) and an impressive 50:50 weight distribution. Inside, customers will enjoy a selection of features including Gesture Control, cloud-based Intelligent Voice Control and a number of digital services through the BMW Connected app.

Depending on the market, customers have variants like the xDrive20d, xDrive 30i, xDrive 30d, and X3 M40i available, the latter of which uses a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine delivering 355 hp. It allows the X3 to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

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Can The BMW X3 Tackle Morocco’s Tough Conditions? 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X3, video on 12 11th, 2017


The BMW X3 is in its third generation and compared to its predecessors, adopts a brand new design and a slew of technology changes. But, is it good enough to battle the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5?

Carfection recently jumped behind the wheel of the new X3 in Morocco and set about exploring some of the country’s phenomenal roads, ranging from paved surfaces, gravel paths, and right through to desert sand dunes.

The new X3 is slightly larger than the old model, adopting a wheelbase extended by 2.2-inches (5.5 cm) and an impressive 50:50 weight distribution. Inside, customers will enjoy a selection of features including Gesture Control, cloud-based Intelligent Voice Control and a number of digital services through the BMW Connected app.

Depending on the market, customers have variants like the xDrive20d, xDrive 30i, xDrive 30d, and X3 M40i available, the latter of which uses a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine delivering 355 hp. It allows the X3 to accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

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BMW’s New Strategy: M All The Things – 26 Models Reportedly Coming By 2021 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW 4-Series, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW M8, BMW X2, BMW X3, BMW X4, BMW X7, BMW Z4, Reports on 12 7th, 2017


BMW recently announced plans to offer 25 electrified models by 2025 and it appears the company is going to need all of these eco-friendly vehicles to help offset a massive onslaught on new M models.

According to Autocar, BMW is preparing to launch 26 M and M Performance vehicles over the next few years. The M8 will be unveiled next year but the real push will begin when the all-new M3 debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019. As BMW M boss Frank van Meel explained, “The M3 is a crucial car for BMW M … it wasn’t the first fully fledged M car but it continues to stand for everything the brand is based upon.”

The report says the new M3 will ride on the CLAR platform and feature more aluminum and high-strength steel. The car is also slated to adopt a number of carbon fiber components to ensure it weighs less than the M3 CS which recently debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Despite rumors of a hybrid powertrain, sources told the publication we can expect a conventional twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces around 465 hp (346 kW). The car will reportedly be offered with a six-speed manual and an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Regardless of which gearbox is selected both are slated to send power to the rear-wheels as the rumored all-wheel drive system was reportedly deemed too heavy and expensive.

Besides the M3, we can expect M versions of the X3, X4, and Z4. They are slated to be joined by M Performance variants of the 3-Series, 4-Series, X2, and X7.

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Consumer Reports Buy A 2018 BMW X3, Are Quite Impressed 1
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X3, new cars, Reports, reviews, video on 12 1st, 2017


Consumer Reports are conducting a long-term test of the new BMW X3, as they have just bought an xDrive30i model.

Despite its 30i badge, this version of the premium compact SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 248 horsepower and not a 3.0-liter six-cylinder, but it’s supposed to offer the same performance with better fuel economy, so that explains the confusing designation used by BMW.

Out in the open, the 2018 X3 was found to be quite comfortable even with the somewhat firm suspension and 19-inch wheels. Its handling is sharp and agile, the steering is direct, and you also get a quiet ride inside, as road and wind noise are kept to a minimum.

Speaking of the cabin, CR praised the premium materials used throughout and the good build quality. They also gave extra points the infotainment system, which comes with a 10-inch+ display as an option, as it is easy to control, be it from the rotary dial or straight from the touchscreen.

CR will compare their new BMW X3 with other SUVs in the segment, including the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, as they have bought an example of Alfa’s first SUV in Ti trim, which is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 280hp.

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2018 BMW X3: First Impressions In, M40i Corners Like A Champ 12
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X3, reviews, video on 11 12th, 2017


On paper, the third-generation BMW X3 has plenty going for it, and with the higher-performance M40i leading the pack, it should give Audi SQ5 buyers pause.

A sportier than ever X3 should also prove equipped at challenging other driver-focused crossovers such as the Porsche Macan or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, although there’s a lot more to the X3 than just improved driving dynamics.

Inside, BMW’s improvements become quickly obvious. Its larger wheelbase allows for more room, while its quality and tech-ridden cabin is said to be among the top in the segment.

Of course, if you’re mostly interested in seeing the all-new 2018 X3 at its best, you’ll probably want to go for the M40i version, the first-ever M Performance model to be featured in the X3’s lineup. It seems like every single person who’s driven it thus far has come away impressed – or at least those who expressed their opinions on YouTube have. It’s the most fun to drive, the engine is engaging and it’s reported to be really good on the twisty bits.

The M40i puts down 360 PS (355 HP) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, which gets you from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds. That’s what you might call “in-your-face fast”, seen as how the Audi SQ5 needs 5.4 seconds with similar power and torque figures. The X3 M40i is also quicker on paper than the Porsche Macan GTS (also 360 PS / 500 Nm) and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 (367 PS / 520 Nm), although some reviewers did mention how the X3 doesn’t quite feel as agile as the Macan overall.

As for other models in the new X3’s range, there were plenty of positives mentioned for the 20d xDrive and 30d xDrive models as well, the latter proving quite capable when accelerating in a straight line thanks to its 265 PS (261 HP) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque, enough for a 5.8 seconds sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph).

In the end, the general consensus is that the new BMW X3 manages to build on what the old model was all about, in the sense that it’s bigger and better, which is a good starting point in a segment as competitive as this.

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BMW’s Recalling Nearly All X3s In The US From 2006 Through 2010 19
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW X3, NHTSA, Recalls on 10 19th, 2017


BMW has issued a recall for 85,302 examples of the X3 in the United States – specifically 2.5i, 3.0i, and xDrive30i models from the 2006-2010 model years.
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Scoop: Alpina’s Take On The New BMW X3 Caught Out In The Open 18
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alpina, Alpina Scoops, BMW, BMW X3, Scoops on 10 18th, 2017


With the new BMW X3 being currently rolled out, you wouldn’t expect Alpina to sit out of the SUV game, would you?
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New BMW X3 Detailed In 219 Images And 2 Videos 16
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X3, Galleries, new cars, video on 10 16th, 2017


To celebrate the international media launch of the new generation X3, BMW has dropped an extensive image gallery, accompanied by 2 films, which further detail their premium compact SUV.
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New BMW X3 Goes To Mars For A Virtual Test Drive 26
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW Videos, BMW X3, new cars, video on 09 26th, 2017


BMW is inviting enthusiasts to take the new X3 for a spin, from the comfort of their homes/offices, on the Red Planet.
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Lone BMW X3 Prototype Seen Cruising The Autobahn 23
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW X3, Scoops, U Spy on 09 23rd, 2017


Despite BMW having already unveiled the 2018 new-generation X3 back in June, it's possible the automaker may still be testing different engines or new electronics on camouflaged prototypes.
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BMW X3 M Drops Some Camouflage, Could Pack 460 HP 20
Sep
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW M, BMW Scoops, BMW X3, Scoops on 09 20th, 2017


The strip tease continues as a lightly camouflaged BMW X3 M has been caught undergoing testing on the Nürburgring.
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BMW Plans To Showcase At Least Ten Different Models In Frankfurt 30
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 6-Series GT, BMW 7-Series, BMW 8-Series, BMW i3, BMW M5, BMW X3, BMW Z4, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, motorcycles on 08 30th, 2017


The countdown to the Frankfurt Motor Show continues as BMW has unveiled its plans for this year's event.
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BMW Plans To Showcase At Least Ten Different Models In Frankfurt 30
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 6-Series GT, BMW 7-Series, BMW 8-Series, BMW i3, BMW M5, BMW X3, BMW Z4, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, motorcycles on 08 30th, 2017


The countdown to the Frankfurt Motor Show continues as BMW has unveiled its plans for this year's event.
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