The new BMW X3 eDrive scheduled to arrive in late 2018

Rumors | October 17th, 2016 by 18
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After the big debuts of the BMW i3 and i8, the Munich-based automaker feels as if the beginning of the i Division was only phase …

After the big debuts of the BMW i3 and i8, the Munich-based automaker feels as if the beginning of the i Division was only phase one of its plan. Now, the BMW Group as a whole will be entering the next phase, something BMW feels puts it ahead of its competitors. Just last month, BMW CEO Harald Krueger announced the company’s new electric plans, one which will also include an X3 powered by electric batteries.

One such vehicle that BMW is currently planning on is a plug-in hybrid variant of the BMW X3. The next-generation of X3 is on its way and BMW wants to create a hybrid variant as BMW sees it as a more mainstream offering to the consumer. Whereas the current BMW plug-in hybrid cars are mostly quite expensive (BMW X5 xDrive40e and 740e), the X3 would give buyers another mainstream offering next to the BMW 330e.

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According to Automobile Magazine, the new X3 eDrive arrives in late 2018, but it’s a relatively straightforward X3 spin-off powered by a 225-kW motor fed by a 70-kW-hr battery that will be built in China to Chinese rules. The X3 would be based on the next generation X3 which is due out in 2017.

The electric SUV will likely deliver a range above 200 miles and will feature the latest and greatest in recharging battery technology. The pricing of the all-electric SUV will probably also make it the most expensive offering in the X3 lineup.

18 responses to “The new BMW X3 eDrive scheduled to arrive in late 2018”

  1. Bob Morane says:

    Epic fail on sight.

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      200 miles of range, 340hp in a regular midsize SUV… Seems pretty good to me.

      • Guillaume Perret says:

        200 miles is good enough for you ???
        I’d agree with you for a city car, but this starts to become a family-sized vehicle…

        • Kaisuke971 says:

          Above 200miles it says in the Article. In 2018 vs the competition it should be alright, plus it fits for certain people.

          • Guillaume Perret says:

            above 200 never means 299, come on … the newly updated Renault Zoé can do that for a fraction of the price ! (250 miles)

          • Kaisuke971 says:

            200 miles in real life as stated on their website, plus Renault has a stupid battery rental program which increases the price on the long run.

          • Guillaume Perret says:

            Still, compare it to this high-end X3, it will be a fraction of the price.
            BMW is probably not using real life figures when they tell 200+ either …

          • Kaisuke971 says:

            The Zoe doesn’t have much to offer besides its batteries, that’s why it costs a fraction of the price…
            True but “above 200 miles” is vague still

          • Guillaume Perret says:

            what i mean is that 200 miles is a good offer for a city car, not for a SUV that you would like to, let’s be crazy, take outside for a week-end …

  2. Chris Llana says:

    Conversion car. Very old school, especially in 2018.

  3. dan0709 says:

    btw, what do you think: how much will the x3m cost?

  4. John says:

    Is this one of the new Mexican BMWs?

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