Released a few months ago, so far the new X3 managed to impress pretty much anyone who drove it. The car is based on BMW’s all-new CLAR architecture and it features the newest available technologies on the market. It is faster than its predecessor, more efficient and better to drive too. On top of that, the engines it features are quite a bit more impressive than those found in its predecessor. It also looks like things will get even more impressive. Not that long ago photographers managed to shoot what looks like the upcoming 2019 BMW X3 M.
2019 BMW X3 M Review
Even though the German manufacturer decided to stay quiet, it is quite clear that the X3 M is real and nearing production. The car is likely going to become one of the fastest crossovers on the market and it will be the only real competitor for the Macan Turbo.
Just like with the regular model, the X3 M will use the same architecture and basic suspension layout as the regular model. However, in order to handle the added power, there will be some changes to the running gear.
For starters, the car is going to boast a new set of shocks and springs. The shocks will more than likely be adjustable in order to give the driver more control over how the car feels.
The brakes will also increase in size by a good amount. While they won’t be carbon ceramics, they will be as big as those on the M4 which are among the largest steel brakes currently in production.
Engine and Specs
As this will be a genuine M product, it will come with a rather special engine. Unlike most other M-branded cars out there, the X3 M will feature a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-six engine.
This would be the same unit as the one found in the M3 or the M4. The engine proved it can easily compete with a larger V8 while offering a far smoother experience.
|2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i||Short Specs|
|Engine||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Gas mileage||22/29 mpg City/Hwy|
|Body Style||Sport Utility|
The exact version that will power the 2019 BMW X3 M is still unknown. Even so, it looks like the car may feature between 425 and 450 horsepower and right around 420 lb-ft of torque. This is in line with what its rivals have to offer. Thanks to its much lower weight than its predecessor, the X3 M should hit 60 MPH in around 4.0 seconds and it should go up to a limited top speed of 155 MPH.
While we would love to see a manual, this is highly unlikely. Instead the car should get the same dual-clutch gearbox as the regular M3 but this time around with a standard all wheel drive system.
As expected, the 2019 BMW X3 M is not going to be all that striking to look at. The car will feature the same basic look as the X3 M40i. However, the wheel arches will be slightly wider, the front will feature a new bumper with larger intakes while the back will get a larger roof spoiler.
There will also be a new rear bumper in place which will boast a quad-exhaust system. This will be similar to that of the X5 M and not like the one on the M3 which is interesting to see.
Being an M version, the new X3 will feature quite a few improvements inside the cabin as well. As standard, the car will come with Alcantara upholstery, blue contrasting stitching as well as a unique steering wheel.
On top of that, the X3 M will also get unique front and rear seats, similar to those found on the M3 sedan. The big difference here will be the fact the seats on the X3 will be taller and they should offer slightly larger side bolsters.
Release and Price
The car we have seen on the Nurburgring looked pretty much ready for production. Because of that, we can safely assume the new X3 M is a couple of months away from being showcased, at most. This doesn’t mean the car will go on sale immediately after though.
Chances are the 2019 BMW X3 M will become available for sale closer to the end of 2018. Its price should be somewhere in the neighborhood of $65,000, thus making it quite a bit more expensive than the other versions of the car.
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