Days before its official unveiling globally - scheduled for June 26, images and details of the all-new BMW X3 has been leaked online. Along with a new face, the X3 takes a page from the X4's book with a new M40i trim level, the first M Performance package for the X3.
The new X3 SUV will be longer, wider and roomier on the inside, while also being lighter and stiffer compared to the outgoing model.
A new example of BMW's trademark "kidney" grille adds visual presence at the front, as do fresh LED headlights - standard across the range.
The wheelbase might be stretched, but you wouldn't guess that from the interior dimensions.
Like the interior, the exterior design features an evolutionary look. Today, the 5-million-square-foot facility is tasked with assembling mid-size and compact crossover SUVs, including the all-new 2018 BMW X3.
There are new suspension components, too, and it's no larger than the outgoing vehicle. This is a sizable boost over the most powerful of the previous generation - the '17 X3 xDrive35i offered up only 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.
Given BMW has sold over a million and a half X3, it's understandable the company has taken a cautious approach to the new model's design, and it doesn't represent the radical rethink the forthcoming BMW 8 Series is likely to herald.
The X3 comes standard with all-wheel drive, and the rear bias of this system has been increased for better handling.
Performance is stronger than ever before, thanks to the updated powertrains.
This will give the new BM X3 M40i a limited top speed of 155 miles per hour and a 0 to 62 miles per hour time of just 4.8 seconds.
Don't worry, BMW made sure to add some go-fast hardware to the M40i to offset that additional under-hood firepower. The M40i includes a revised sport steering system as well, offered as an option on the xDrive30i.
The top-of-the-line X3 M40i lives up to its M Performance badging with an all-wheel-drive system that distributes a greater proportion of torque to the rear wheels than in lesser X3s, bigger brakes with four-piston front calipers, a dual-mode exhaust system, and a trim-specific suspension that includes revised springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. The new BMW X3 will also return a better fuel economy along with lesser carbon dioxide emissions, according to the company. On its third trip through BMW's redesign studios, the X3 adopts the same philosophy of the current X5: don't break it, just burnish it. Additionally, the X3 can be equipped with active-safety features such as adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist as part of the optional Driving Assistance package.