The first generation BMW X3 was launched in 2003 and it was considered as a disappointment back then.
Over the years, several improvements to the model has seen it become the best in the class. Now, there is competition from the likes of Mercedes, Audi, and even Porsche. It is causing significant problems for the BMW X3. The next generation is not due until 2018, but it promises to be significantly better if rumors are to be believed. Several spy shots of the upcoming BMW X3 at the Nurburgring track in Germany has been revealed.
The heavily camouflaged BMW X3 does not reveal much of the design elements, but it is most likely to be in line with the recent models from the company. Not too many changes are expected to be made in the exterior department. Inside, though, the BMW X3 could be one of the first models from the company to feature a lightweight chassis. This chassis will form the basis of the upcoming 5 series, which is due next year, and the new 3 series set for arrival in 2018.
As with previous models, there will be an increase in overall length. The BMW X1 recently had this treatment make it more spacious. The arrival of the same on the BMW X3 is welcome indeed.
The lightweight chassis is expected to reduce around 250 lbs. on the overall weight of the car. This should see the BMW X3 at around the 3700 lbs. range. This is a healthy reduction indeed and it should certainly pay dividends in terms of gas consumption figures. This figure is expected to be achieved only by the standard model while the plug-in hybrid is easily expected to be more than 4400 lbs. The plug-in hybrid, though, will not be available from the start, as it is expected that the model will be launched only after 18 months. This is in-line with the policy followed by BMW with regard to the 3 series and the recently launched 7 series.
The powertrain on the plug-in hybrid could come straight from the 330e. This means that the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine combines with an electric motor order to provide close to 250 bhp. This coupled with low CO2 emissions of around 60g/km should make the plug-in hybrid extremely popular amongst green enthusiasts. The new BMW X3 is expected to debut in 2018.