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BMW has released the official images of the third generation version of the X3 midsize SUV. Lighter, loaded with features, and more powerful now, the all-new X3 will go on sale in markets abroad this year. An Indian arrival is likely to happen next year.

2018 BMW X3

Improved aerodynamics on the outside are complemented by a new overall design, which includes new LED headlamps, a gaping air dam up front, 3-D look LED tail lamps, and twin exhausts for all variants. On the inside, it gets in line with other new BMWs with features like gesture control, optional features like 12.3-inch instrument panel, full colour HUD, etc. There’s more storage space inside, a new steering wheel, and a spruced up dashboard design. On the safety front, apart from the usual passive systems, there will also be new-age driver assists as part of the BMW CoPilot system.

2018 BMW X3 Interior

When it goes on sale, there will be three model lines available, namely xLine, Luxury Line, and M Sport Package. Needless to say, the latter will be the most sporting of the lot. Talking of which, it’s the first X3 to get a proper M Performance model, in the form of the X3 M40i. There will be three petrol (including the aforesaid one) and two diesel engine choices, all of which will be available with a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox. And although BMW is yet to announce further details about variants, it’s safe to assume that most versions will get the xDrive all-wheel drive system, too.

2018 BMW X3 rear

Apart from the lowered resistance to air (Cd = 0.29), the new X3 is also lighter by up to 55 kilos. The official announcement talks about taking ‘sporty handling to another level’, which is indeed a good sign.

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