The new X3 will have several engine options – the new B48, 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder unit and B58, 3.0-litre, turbocharged inline-six among others. There will also be a hybrid powertrain which will combine a turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor. The M variants will get a straight-six turbo with 425hp.
A full-blown M-tuned model will join the lineup for the first time ever. At the other end of the spectrum, it’s safe to bet a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid model will debut a few months into the production run. BMW is firmly committed to electrifying its entire lineup, and the X3 is no exception.
While we don’t have official specs just yet, we do know the X3 M40i will sit at the top of the trim range, featuring a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six with 360 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, and paired to an eight-speed automatic sending power to all four wheels. It has a claimed 0-62 mph sprint time of 4.8 seconds. In a nutshell, the 2018 X3 appears to be a bit bigger, lighter, more luxurious and more powerful than its predecessor. We’ll have complete details for you very soon.
Sometime next year, a plug-in hybrid model is likely to follow, with the BMW 3 Series iPerformance (BMW 330e)’s powertrain which has a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor working to develop 185 kW (252 hp) and 420 Nm of torque. Also expected, is a high-performance M variant with the 317 kW (431 hp) 3.0-litre (twin-turbo) straight-six petrol engine of the BMW M3.