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.

When it arrives this year, the G01 BMW X3 will bring a new design language that will eventually be implemented across the BMW family. 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.

The G01 X3 will maintain its compact proportions and stocky look, which will clearly differentiate it from the rest of X family. Our sources say the front design was adjusted due to the new pedestrian safety regulations and now sits a little straighter than before. The rear quarter features a slightly lower roofline than the current model and a one-piece tailgate.

Along with a new exterior design and a more premium cabin, high-tech and safety features, and advanced telematics, are poised to make the G01 X3 another big seller for the Bavarians.

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.