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.
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.
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.
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.