For over 20 years, BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina manufacturing plant has produced various BMW vehicles including the Z3, first-generation Z4, variants of the E36 3-series, and the 2018 BMW X3 crossover SUV.
The third-generation X3 will be available with a four- or six-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, sans a diesel engine option. Four-cylinder 2018 X3s (called xDrive30i) have a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, while the six-cylinder model (named M40i) are equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six.
The engines are both more powerful than their predecessors, with the xDrive30i running at 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the M40i have 355 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
How it looks
Because of a wheelbase that’s 2.2 inches longer than its predecessor, the 2018 X3 features a visually striking profile with a tapering roofline and long hood.
The overall X3 length is up by more than two inches as well. Up front, the SUV is marked by sizable air intakes mounted low in the fascia, headlights pushed to the edges of the front fenders, and BMW’s trademark grille, which now comes with shutters that help reduce aerodynamic drag.
The regular xDrive30i variant has 18-inch wheels and tires, and uses aluminum and silver exterior accents. You can also get a luxury option that adds revised front and rear bumper covers with two-tone finishes and additional chrome trim.
Getting the M Sport package, on the other hand, brings an aggressive-looking, M40i-like body, in addition to standard 19-inch wheels. The top-of-the-line M40i has flared fenders.