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PostHeaderIcon BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre

The latest-generation 7 Series came to be in 2016, just as the nameplate was preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Redesigned from the ground up on the lighter platform, the new 7 Series is far from revolutionary styling-wise, but it boasts more luxury than ever before, as well as numerous technology firsts for the brand. Lighter, quicker, more fuel efficient, and more autonomous than ever, the new 7 Series is definitely a turning point for the nameplate. Come 2017, and BMW is celebrating four decades of the 7 Series with the limited-edition 40 Jahre.

German for “40 years,” the Edition 40 Jahre was conceived as a tribute to 7 Series’ rich history. Recognized as a symbol of luxury, driving pleasure, and innovations, the 7 Series is one of the company’s most mature products, and its 40-year-long history speaks for itself. The anniversary model is more than just a 7 Series with a special badge. The sedan also comes with exclusive exterior and interior design features, as well as the possibility to have the car tailored to individual customer specification at the BMW Dingolfing plant. Find out more about that below.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW 2 Series Coupe

A few years back, someone at BMW thought it would be fun to place the magical name game. Instead of the 1 Series being sold as a coupe, convertible, three-door, or five-door, BMW decided to take the coupe and convertible models and call them the 2 Series. It was a little confusing at first, but a lot of good came out of it. The 2 Series coupe is larger than the model it replaced and came complete with a four-cylinder that was more powerful and offered better fuel efficiency compared to the V-6 in the old 1 Series coupe. And, of course, don’t forget that we were also blessed with the gorgeous BMW M2. Come the 2018 model year, and the entire 2 Series lineup is due for an update. BMW’s PR talk would leave you to believe that we’re talking about a new generational model, but truth be told, the changes are quite thin for 2018. Exterior changes are limited to new lighting units, while the interior gets a mildly revised dash and updated iDrive infotainment system. As far as motivation goes, you’ll have your choice of three-, four-, and six-cylinder mills (depending on market) that deliver between 136 and 340 horsepower.

Just to be clear, BMW says the 2018 2 Series is a new-gen model, but all evidence points to the contrary. Changes are minimal, and the 2 Series has really only been around since 2014, so it wouldn’t make sense for a new-gen model to be ushered in so quickly. With that said, let’s take a closer look at what the 2018 model will offer when it goes on sale in July of 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW X5 M

The current BMW X5 is four years old as of 2017 and, according to the company’s lifecycle plan, it will be around for a couple more. However, the fourth-generation SUV has already been spotted testing on public roads, and as a result, we’ve already created a rendering based on the camouflaged prototype. Now, BMW has begun testing the beefed-up M version near the Nurburgring at it’s time to have a closer look at the range-topping version of the SUV.

Likely to break cover toward the end of 2018, the upcoming X5 M will ride on the same CLAR platform as the new 5 Series sedan and the next-generation X5 it will be based on. Of course, the M-badged SUV will get unique chassis tuning as well as a wild V-8 with massive output. Interestingly enough, the new X5 M will arrive just in time for the redesigned Mercedes-AMG GLE63, also due to break cover in 2018. Find out all you need to know about the upcoming X5 M in my speculative review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre

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What better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of your flagship model than with a special, limited edition? It’s especially up BMW’s alley since they are the king of limited edition. And so they are celebrating the 40th birthday of the 7er with a very special model called BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre.

Now, more often than not not BMW special editions are just ordinary models with a special badge put on them that cost an arm and a leg. In the case of the BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre, though, you do get a lot more value seeing as this one is marking an important milestone for a very remarkable model. They could not mess around this time. Another reason why they couldn’t pull their usual tricks with the 40 Jahre is because it comes in 200 copies only, each tailored to individual customer specifications. Following its debut at the 2017 IAA motor show the edition models will be on offer from October 2017 with either a standard or a long wheelbase in conjunction with all six, eight and twelve-cylinder engines available for the BMW 7 Series.

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The main highlights of BMW 7 Series Edition 40 Jahre on the outside include two BMW Individual colours inducing Frozen Silver metallic and Petrol Mica metallic, M Aerodynamics Package, the BMW high-gloss Shadow Line and 20-inch BMW Individual light alloy wheels in a V spoke design. And of course you do get a whole lot of exclusive badges. Inside, BMW Individual full leather trim Merino fine grain in the colour combination Smoke White/Cohiba or Smoke White/Black with hand woven piping in Smoke White, Alcantara Smoke White roof liner, trim in black piano lacquer finish or in the high-grade wood finish Eucalyptus straight-grained Smoke Brown high gloss, Smoke White comfort cushions, and floor mats in Smoke White with either black or Cohiba brown edge are the main features.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW M3 CS on the Books for 2018

Earlier in 2017, we saw BMW launch a new limited-edition M4. It’s called the CS and slots between the standard M4 and the track-ready GTS. Essentially a GTS without the massive wing, the CS also marked the return of the famous badge that BMW used in the 1960s and 1970s. Not surprisingly, the M4 CS was very popular with BMW enthusiasts, which is why the German brand is also considering a sedan version. Naturally, it will be called the M3 CS.

The beefed-up M3 is not yet official, but the folks over at German outlet Bimmer Today claim that the four-door CS will arrive sometime in 2018. The source also says that the M3 CS will share underpinnings with its M4 counterpart, meaning that it will hit the street with the upgraded twin-turbo, six-cylinder engine rated at 460 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. This output will make the CS the most powerful M3 ever, placing it above the legendary E92-generation M3 GTS, which had 444 horses on tap. What’s more, it should be a tad quicker than the standard M3 with a 0-to-62 sprint of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW Confirms FIA Formula E Championship Entry

The Bavarians are once again stepping up for a little wheel-to-wheel racing action, but this time around, internal combustion need not apply. Rather, it’s all about the electricity as BMW prepares a bid in the Formula E Championship. BMW just announced its intentions to make a full-fledged factory effort for Season 5 of the battery-powered sport, partnering with the Andretti Formula E works team for battle in 2018 and 2019. BMW will provide the team with an in-house developed powertrain produced under the banner of the newly created i Motorsport division, BMW’s latest racing skunk works, which will work alongside BMW’s M Division to advance its go-faster know-how. BMW says it’ll use the opportunity to advance its all-electric technology, which will eventually trickle down to street cars like the i3 and i8, as well as future models like the iNext electric crossover.

“The borders between production and motor racing development are more blurred at BMW i Motorsport than in any other project,” says Klaus Frohlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development. BMW’s timing coincides with recent rule changes that made Formula E participation more appealing to the automaker, including “omission of the car changeover” seen in previous seasons. Meanwhile, the Andretti team provides a natural fit for BMW, given the past collaboration between the two organizations. “I couldn’t pick a more prestigious or historic manufacturer to work with in Formula E,” says Michael Andretti.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW Z4

The BMW-Toyota partnership is beginning to take shape with more news about what’s in store from this marriage. Rumors have circulated since the two automakers announced the partnership back in January 2013, a lot of which has been centered on the revival of the Toyota Supra and the development of the next-generation BMW Z4. However, more recent reports claim that the next BMW Z4 won’t be the fruit of the Bavarian automaker’s collaboration with its Japanese counterpart. Instead, it will be a Z4 replacement that will be called the Z5.

After more than three years of unconfirmed speculations, the Z5 has made several public appearances as a camouflaged prototype. Our paparazzi caught the roadster during cold weather testing, which suggests that BMW has been working on this new model for quite some time. The camo is thick enough to keep the Z5’s design features hidden, but I do have an idea about what lurks under the swirly, black-and-white wrap.

What I do know for a fact is that the new roadster will ride on a new architecture that will make it sportier than the Z4. Also, the big unveiling should take place sometime in 2017. The Z5’s Toyota sibling, which will look completely different on the outside and likely revive the Supra nameplate, should brake cover around the same time. Have a look at my speculative review below for more information and stay tuned for updates.

Update 7/19/2017:
The BMW Z4 was caught doing some more last minute testing. There’s still no official word on a debut date, but this time around, it loses a little more camo and is even closer to being production ready. Check out the latest shots in our spy shot section below and let us know what you think about it.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW Connected+ Digital Services Detailed

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While some people argue that the use of smartphones and everything they offer should be limited in cars due to safety reasons, there are those like BMW who believe there is a comprise to be made here with proper integration of the device into the vehicle. So they came up with the BMW Connected+ system which offers a range of digital connectivity services in an intuitive and safe way. 

The way BMW Connected+ does this is with a full integration of smartphone services, or as BMW puts it, “it delivers the next level of in-car personalisation and smartphone content integration on the Control Display.” They say this system helps with productivity as well, especially for business users, since it is fully custmoizable so you can select only the apps and features you use most often and discard the distracting ones. BMW Connected can be downloaded as a free app on both Apple and Android devices.

Here’s a brief summary of the highlights of these services followed by a more detailed explanation:

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Send my Routes to Car: Route planning using a smartphone is now easier than ever. After the destination is entered, BMW Connected+ checks whether the car has enough fuel for the journey. If not, BMW Connected+ suggests a suitable fuel stop along the way, which the user can simply add to their route. The route can then be transferred directly to the vehicle. Once in the vehicle, the scheduled stops are displayed and the route can be initiated with a single click.

Share Live Trip Status: With this new feature, the question “What’s your ETA” is now a thing of the past. Current location and time of arrival can be shared by the driver with business partners, friends or family. The driver can send a link via SMS to the people selected via Share Live Trip Status at the start of the journey or if there are delays en route. Using this link will display the user’s current position on a map, along with the arrival time based on real-time traffic data. The big advantage here is that everyone is kept up to date automatically, allowing the driver to stay focused on arriving safely. There is even an option for those waiting to receive further SMS updates if there are any changes to the arrival time.

Navigate Door-to-Door: Finding a parking place at the end of a journey does not always mean arriving at the final destination. Navigate Door-to-Door is a feature designed to guide users on the final leg of their journey (Last Mile) and back to their car when they are ready (First Mile). Once the car is parked, the driver will receive a message on the car’s display confirming that their smartphone is now ready to provide directions to continue on foot. At the same time, BMW Connected+ sends a push notification to the user’s smartphone to initiate navigation on foot.

My Destinations: This feature provides rapid access from any connected device to both contact information in the user’s address book and the most recently visited destination stored in the navigation system. This intelligent destination search function is linked with the user’s contacts, so choosing the next destination is as simple as entering someone’s name and selecting the associated address.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo Gets BMW M Performance Parts

BMW is good for a lot of things these days, and when it comes to introducing performance add-ons masquerading as extra options, the German automaker is as good as it gets in the business. In fact, M Performance parts have become staples among a long list of BMW models and it’s no surprise that we’re here to once again talk about another model getting the same goodies.

This time, the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo gets its turn in the spotlight, receiving its own line of M Performance goodies for the first time ever. As you might expect, the “extra” parts are all about enhancing the 6 Series GT’s looks and performance capabilities. The parts and accessories may be short on actual engine upgrades, but for the most part, the pieces are there to give the massive sedan the necessary modifications that will enhance the car’s aesthetic and aerodynamic features. Even better, Bimmer says that prospective customers of the 6 Series GT stand to get the full spec of accessories made available to them as soon as the model hits the market. There’s a long list of parts to choose from so owners with budgets might have to choose wisely which bits and bobs they’d like to put on their 6 Series GTs. That or they could just get everything. BMW probably doesn’t mind either scenario.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo M Performance

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The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo does not possess the kind of sexy looks one would want to flaunt by garnishing it with extras. Nevertheless, BMW has gone ahead and launched a series of M Performance parts which, in our honest opinion, makes the 6er GT look even weirder. 

Still, if you dig weridness, the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo M Performance extras include a host of motor racing inspired retrofit parts for drive, suspension, exterior and cockpit.On the outside the treatment gives you 21 inch BMW M Performance light alloy wheels, red brake calipers hugging vented, perforated lightweight construction brake discs, high-gloss black BMW M Performance kidney grille, mirror caps in carbon fiber, Frozen Black foil, and matt black and grey trim stripes.

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BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo M Performance also benefits form a M Performance exhaust system with aluminium silencers and either round or trapezoid tailpipe trims in chrome or carbon fiber featuring M logo. This gives the BMW 630i Gran Turismo a much nicer soundtrack. As for the interior, the highlight include M Performance sports steering wheel with alcantara-covered grip areas, large thumb rests and slightly flattened lower section, soft nappa leather, a silver-grey cross-stitch seam and red central marking at the 12 o’clock position, M shift paddles and M floor mats.

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PostHeaderIcon Like the BMW X3? We’ve Got Your Wallpapers Right Here!

The X3 has been on the market for 14 years as of 2018, and in its first two generations, its saw amazing success. 2018, however, brings about the third-gen model and BMW has somehow managed to make the X3 even better, with clear intentions to add greatly to the current 1.5 million X3 registrations on record. And, that’s saying a lot considering it has to compete against some pretty tough models. The Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC class aren’t exactly models to sneeze at, but the X3 is coming to the party with more under its belt than ever, including a 355-horsepower, 369 pound-food monster of an inline-six that can be found exclusively in the M40i. As such, the competition has a lot to worry about, and we’re mighty impressed.

Even in base form, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder offers up a decent 248 ponies and 258 pound-feet, enough to get it to 60 mph in six second flat while topping out at 130 mph. Meanwhile, it’s better-equipped brother hits the same benchmark in 4.6 seconds – that’s 0.2 seconds faster than the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and 1.4-seconds faster than the 3.0-liter-equipped Audi Q5. On top of that, it has the modern looks necessary to stand out (no more round fog lights, either) and a pretty plush interior if you ignore the cheapish aluminum trim. Of course, a real man would opt for the ambient lighting package, but don’t worry we won’t judge 😉 With that said, we’ve put together a few of our favorite shots that will make perfect wallpapers for all of you X3 fans out there!

PostHeaderIcon 2018 BMW X2 Revealed in Leaked Patent Images

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So not long after the debut of the 2018 X3 BMW is gearing up to launch yet another SUV. Well, the new 2018 BMW X2 is more of a compact crossover given its size and proportions, but that still begs the question why do we need so many of these things? And is the difference between an X3 and X2 great enough to justify the existence of both?

In any case, the new X2 will hit the market sometime next year, after it has made its debut at the 2017 IAA, aiming straight at the wallet of compact/urban/active crossover buyers who want something taller and more capable than the ordinary hatchbacks and don’t much care about off-road abilities and on-road performance.

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2018 BMW X2 is designed to satisfy the needs of an urban dweller with compact size and small and efficient engines, not to mention up-to-the-minute connectivity and safety features. But because crossover buyers still want some of that rugged SUV look the bigger cars have, the X2 comes with aggressive looking bumpers, fender flares, and some extra bits of plastic that garnish the side skirts and look like protective parts for those sills.

These leaked patent images show the 2018 BMW X2 in its production trim, so we can already say the car is not really a looker. Then again, none of BMW X models are, and yet they always sell like hot cakes with strawberry frosting.

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PostHeaderIcon How Does The New BMW X3 Stack Up Against The Competition?

One of the pioneers of the compact luxury SUV space has returned with a new look and new performance credentials. Yes, 14 years after breaking into the SUV landscape, the BMW X3 is back with a vengeance, armed with a new exterior, a redesigned interior, plenty of powertrain options to choose from. Most importantly the X3 shows confidence in its ability to stand toe-to-toe with notable rivals like the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLC-Class, as well as upstart hotshots like the Jaguar F-Pace and the Range Rover Evoque.

Despite tracing its roots back to 2003, the X3 remains one of the most popular entry-level premium SUVs in the market today. The model doesn’t reach that status without selling over 1.5 million units over the span of two generations. So expectations are high that the all-new X3 will be able to live up to its predecessors, maybe even exceed it if turns up aces in the minds of its customers. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to have an easy time at it anymore. Competitors are banging on the door, ready to stake their claim to the compact SUV title that the X3 has held at some points in its past. Now that the all-new model is out, it’s time to find out if BMW can reclaim its place atop the compact luxury SUV food chain.

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PostHeaderIcon The new BMW X3 is Good and All, but It’s not All Peaches and Cream

So, BMW recently dropped full details on its third-generation X3 SAV and right way we praised it for its overall packaging, looks, and that awesome power output improvement for the M40i trim level. With more than 1.5 million X3’s registered since the vehicle was first introduced, it goes without saying that the X3 is a hot item. And, with pricing expected to start somewhere around $40,000 to $42,000, it’s not exactly a bank-breaker, either. And, even though I recently wrote a very favorable review about the X3 not that long ago, I have to point out that I do have a few gripes as well.

For starters, I love that the front end of the new X3 is more aggressive than ever, and it’s amazing that BMW finally ditched those round foglights. But, what the hell is with the big fake vents? Aesthetics aside, there is no point and why not use them to channel air to the brakes or to improve aerodynamic efficiency? And then, there’s the interior. Sure; the dash looks a lot better than it used to, and the steering wheel is sleeker, but what is with that aluminum trim? That’s a little Toyota Camry-ish to me. Anything with this price point and a BMW badge should at least come standard with wood trim. And, what’s with the M-Sport seats? They are no different than the standard seats in the X-Line, with the exception of the black leather and contrast stitching – where’s the extra support M cars are supposed to have? But, what about those engine choices? Sigh…

PostHeaderIcon BMW i8 Spyder

When BMW first showed off the i-brand concepts, we had no idea we would see production models so fast. In what seemed like just a few seconds in the grand scheme of things, we were looking at production models of the BMW i3 and BMW i8. With the i8 Spyder Concept debuting in 2012, and the production version of the i8 hitting dealers for the 2015 model year, Bimmer fans everywhere have been itching for a production version of the i8 Spyder. So much, in fact, that the rumor mill has been working overtime and there have even been a few false sightings of the unicorn. But, either hell has frozen over or pigs have sprouted wings (or, maybe it’s both) because someone finally caught an official i8 Spyder prototype cruising in the middle of nowhere. They aren’t the best photos we’ve ever received, but the top is clearly down, and it appears to be every bit legitimate thanks to that “hybrid test vehicle” sticker prominently displayed on the rear fascia.

And, while we’ve all been waiting somewhat impatiently for the i8 Spyder, the fact that we’re finally seeing a prototype isn’t all that surprising. Just a few months ago, BMW CEO Harald Krueger not only confirmed the car was in the works, but that it had a production target of 2018! That means that we should see it in production form sometime toward the end of 2017. It’s doubtful that this is the i8 Spyder’s first venture onto public roads, so props to BMW for managing to keep it out of the public eye for so long. But, with that said, let’s talk a little more about what we can see from these few spy shots in my speculative review below.

Updated 07/03/2017: The new i8 Spyder is actually coming! BMW dropped the first teaser video for it!

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PostHeaderIcon BMW X5M and X6M Black Fire Edition

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BMW is pumping a little extra juice in its already bonkers super SUVs with a new blacked-out edition. The 2018 BMW X5M and X6M Black Fire gets a range of new cosmetic and interior upgrades that make them meaner and cooler and as a result sexier. 

On the outside the BMW X5M and X6M Black Fire get an extremely rich shade of Sapphire Black Metallic paintjob complemented with black M double kidney with black bars and black forged 21-inch M alloy wheels. There is also standard carbon mirror caps which set the whole thing off nicely. As for the interior, besides a couple of Black Fire badges and insignia, you get fully-electric M multifunctional seats with integrated headrests come as standard in full fine-grain Merino leather in contrasting Black and Mugello Red, Alcantara steering wheel, BMW Individual headliner in anthracite, and Piano Black trims.

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BMW X5M and X6M Black Fire edition feature a 575 horsepower bi-turbo V8 engine which makes puts them in the top five fastest SUVs in the world with a 0 to 100 km/h time of just 4.2 seconds with the standard 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox. That on-road performance is great enough for you to forgive these SUVs their lack of any notable off-road capability.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW Releases Black Fire Editions For The X6 M And The X5 M

If there were ever two models that served as pioneers of their kind in their respective markets, the BMW X5 and the BMW X6 are as good examples as you can find. The X5 was introduced in 1999, becoming one of the first premium SUVs to hit the modern automotive market. 10 years later, the X6 followed suit, ushering in a new sub-segment that has come to be known as the coupe-SUVs. Today, both the X5 and X6 are still soldiering on, and BMW is doing its part to keep models fresh with the release of the X5 M and X6 M Black Fire Editions.

Developed specifically for the high-performance M versions of both models, the Black Fire Editions provide a more menacing visual profile for both the X5 M and X6 M. The upgrades included are more cosmetic in nature than anything else, highlighted by the use of a Sapphire Black Metallic paint finish on the SUVs’ bodywork. The black treatment is actually spread throughout, covering significant spaces in both the exterior and interior. The end result certainly speaks to how Bimmer intended these two SUVs to turn out as both special edition models look about as sinister as anything we’ve seen from either of them in the past.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW X3 M

BMW launched the X3 back in 2003 as its second SUV and the market’s first compact luxury crossover. Updated in 2010, the X3 ditched its weird-looking front fascia in favor of a nose that resembled the X5’s. The second-gen crossover also saw production move from Graz, Austria, to BMW’s U.S. factory in Greer, South Carolina. As a result, the X3 entered the North American market as a locally built vehicle with a more affordable sticker. After six successful years on the market, the second-gen X3 was replaced by a brand-new model for 2018. The big news here is that the crossover will finally get a proper M version.

With Mercedes-Benz already offering two AMG versions of the GLC and Audi reportedly working on a beefed-up version of Q5 models, BMW is finally considering green-lighting a high-performance version of the X3 for the third-generation model. Likely to arrive sometime in 2018, the X3 M has been somewhat confirmed by BMW M chief Frank van Meel at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, who also revealed that the X4 is scheduled to receive an M version as well. While the X3 M is being kept under wraps as of June 2017, we put together a speculative piece on what the crossover might have to offer once it arrives. Read on for the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 BMW X3

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So here it is, following a massive leak we now get our first complete look at the new 2018 BMW X3. The American-built German SUV, which an important milestone for BMW operations in the U.S. at the Spartanburg plant, comes with a heavily refreshed exterior and interior as well, for the first time, an M Performance variant. But it’s still not a very desirable proposition. 

Poor X3, it seems like there is something wrong with this car’s genes because while every new generation is certainly different than the one before, they are just not good looking cars. So yes, 2018 BMW X3 does get new lights and sporty bumpers – especially in the case of the M40i model – but it’s still really ugly and that’s the truth. Not that unsavory looks are going to affect its sales. The new X3 will fly out of the showrooms because, well, BMW buyers! Need I say more?

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At any rate, ugly though it sure is, 2018 BMW X3 is a damn good SUV. The new version gets some tasty options chief among which the new range-topping BMW X3 M40i variant with a 360 horsepower engine and a 0 to 100 sprint time of 4.6 seconds. You also get three petrol and two diesel engine with the weakest one developing 184 horsepower. The car is lighter too and tuned more for sporty handling than off road capability.

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The coolest thing about the new X3 though is all its fancy technology features. The 10.2 inch infotainment iDrive system hosts an operating system with optional gesture control and Intelligent Voice Assistant, and there is a BMW Display Key which allows you to operate the air con remotely. Then there is all the BMW CoPilot options, featuring Active Cruise Control and Driving Assistant Plus safety package with Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Assistant and Lane keeping assistant with side collision protection paving the way for (semi-)automated driving.

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Here’s a few cool graphics highlighting the changes in the new BMW X3 over the outgoing model:

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The BMW X3 has always been a popular all-rounder for everyday life. Combining versatility, efficiency, luxury, and BMW driving dynamics, it’s no wonder that it sells so well, with more than 1.5 million registrations from the first two generations alone. Now, for 2018, an all-new X3 is set to roll into showrooms, and the bar has officially been raised. Offered in three different model lines – xLine, Luxury Line, and M Sport – the new X3 brings new looks with standard acoustic glass up front to go with new LED headlights, LED fog lamps, new wheels, a sloped roof, and striking body lines. The redesigned interior is more luxurious than ever and offers an improvement in comfort and functionality while three engine options will bring anywhere between 184 and 360 horsepower of people hauling goodness to your beck and call. And, to top it all off, it’s also the first BMW SAV to be offered with a trailer hitch from the factory.

All told, the new X3 is faster, lighter, and more efficient than ever, with its coefficient of drag rated at just 0.29. It’s also offered with BMW’s CoPilot, which brings things like active cruise control, lane control assist, lane keep assist, and lane change assistant, all being offered as optional equipment. It’s set to go on sale in November of 2017, so let’s dive in and take a good look at what we can expect. After all; it does have to fight for supremacy among competitors like the Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5, and Range Rover Evoque.

Update 6/26/2017: BMW has dropped official specs and images for the new BMW X3. Check out the details below as we continue to update this review throughout the day.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW X3.


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