2017 Frankfurt Auto Show: The new BMW X3

Auto Shows, BMW X3 | September 13th, 2017 by 9
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BMW’s best looking SUV to date – at least in our humble opinion – has held its world premiere this week at what is arguably the best show of the year. The German car event of the year has been good to BMW who is delivering a series of concepts and production series cars that aim to keep BMW competitive in the demanding luxury segment.

The new BMW X3 is without a doubt the most premium BMW SAV and with an exterior design that will once again drive the sales through the roof. For 2018, the X3 is all new, featuring a completely new design language, all-new interior, a new chassis, new engines and new technology. This might be the most comprehensive overhaul of a BMW in quite some time.

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All of the elements of BMW’s new design language are there but there’s some additional aggression that some of its other cars don’t have. But it’s still very distinctly an X3. For instance, the way the shoulder line kicks upward toward the Hofmeister Kink is classic X3. However, the Hofmeister itself is different and looks more aggressive. The now-traditional BMW Air Breather behind the front wheel arch is also angrier than on most BMWs and creates a body line down the side of the car. It’s just far more muscular looking than the outgoing X3.

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At the front, it’s nice to see BMW ditch the connected headlights/Kidney Grilles, a move that works well on the new X3. Out back, BMW refreshed the taillights quite a bit and they now more prominently feature BMW’s traditional “L” shape.

2017 Frankfurt Auto Show Coverage

The interior of the all-new BMW X3 follows BMW tradition with its driver-focused and ergonomically optimized cockpit layout and carries over many aspects of the car’s exterior design. For instance, hexagonal forms and precise, sloping edges also play a central role in the interior. The interior as a whole displays exceptional material quality, fit, and finish, with carefully thought ergonomics. One example here is the storage concept, which offers more storage space than ever before and ensures it is easier to access.

The all-new 2018 BMW X3 will be available at certified BMW Centers this November with pricing to be announced closer to market launch.

9 responses to “2017 Frankfurt Auto Show: The new BMW X3”

  1. Arunabh says:

    One of the very few shining examples of BMW designs works in recent times.

    Lets just hope its a proper BMW riot in terms of driving.

  2. Skeptic says:

    Best looking? What’s the difference? Same ol’ same old.

  3. M98987 says:

    Well, that grill is ugly.
    The i3 looks better!

  4. Al J Granda says:

    I like it!

  5. Sane Joker says:

    Cant wait for x3….release early plzzzzz

  6. Black335GT says:

    I hate it. Was gonna wait, but after seeing it, I leased one of the last 2017 35i’s.

  7. HunTequila says:

    Looks like they got the rear right for a change. This is the part of previous X3’s which never really came together, with some of the most awkward light clusters across all models. These swoopy lights from the current design language a la 4 series look much better.

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