BMW’s third generation X3 is getting close to its world unveil scheduled for June 2017. Over the last few months, a series of X3 test mules were spotted around the world, with BMW engineers behind the wheel testing its capabilities and adaptability to weather conditions.
Last week, BMW shared with us their own set of “spy photos”, showcasing the new X3 during some winter testing and snow drifting in Sweden. Today, this X3 prototype hails from South Africa where BMW will build some of the X3 models at its Rosslyn plant.
The production of the next generation BMW X3 at Plant Rosslyn will replace the BMW 3 Series Sedan, which will now be allocated to other plants within the global BMW production network. BMW Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina, USA, will also continue to produce the next generation BMW X3.
More than three billion Rands (R3bn) will be invested in new state-of-the-art facilities and operations of the plant. An additional R3bn will be for suppliers, launch costs and training of associates.
The third-generation BMW X3 is built on the new, rear-wheel drive flexible modular system offering more interior space and a redesigned seating system to ensure higher variability and greater comfort. Thanks to new lightweight construction processes and the use of the new platform, the G01 X3 is about 100 kg lighter than the current X3.
Planned are two more efficient B47 2.0-liter diesel units as well as the 3.0-liter straight six in diesel (B57) and petrol form (B58). The new powerplants are torquier, about 10% more frugal and on average 15bhp stronger than the units they replace. A plug-in hybrid version will be offered as well, along with a fully-electric X3 in 2020.
According to our sources, the new 2018 BMW X3 will enter production in August 2017, just before arriving at European dealerships in November. The U.S. market is rumored to receive the first X3 models in early 2018.