2018 BMW X3: Australian prices and specs announced

Looking to buy a new premium mid-size SUV? BMW will launch the all-new X3 in Australia later this year, and it looks like it could be a great proposition.

Based on a design crafted by an Australian, of all nationalities (for a German vehicle), Calvin Luk, one of BMW’s youngest designers, used his work on the latest X1 and 1 Series to create a modern interpretation of the X3. It’s now a lot more curvaceous and modern, particularly in the front end, with larger kidney grilles and a higher waistline.

Three different variants of the 2018 X3 will hit the local market this year; the xDrive20d, xDrive30i, and the xDrive30d. All except the 30i carry over the nameplates from the current model, with the 30i simply adopting the new naming structure for the outgoing 28i.

Powertrains include a 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel for the 20d, a 185kW/350Nm 2.0-litre petrol turbo for the 30i, and a 195kW/620Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel inline six for the 30d. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle varies, from 7.6L/100km in the 30i, down to 6.0L/100km in the 30d, to 5.7L/100km in the entry 20d.

Standard features, technology and safety are all given big improvements for the new model, with all variants coming standard with head-up display, lane departure and lane change warning, digital radio, and at minimum a 6.5-inch infotainment display with iDrive 6 and in-built apps.

Stepping up to the 30i and 30d adds Driver Assistance Plus with active cruise control with stop&go functionality, steering and lane control assistance, side collision warning and crossroads warning (firsts for the X3), cross traffic alert, surround-view camera technology, and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Adaptive LED headlights and 20-inch alloy wheels are also standard on the two upper-spec variants.

Buyers will be able to option a number of packages, such as the M Sport pack which adds sporty garnishes and dynamic dampers, along with the Exclusive Package that adds unique lighting and wood trimmings, and Innovations and Rear Comfort packages.

The new model will arrive in local dealerships in November. BMW says other variants will join the range next year. Starting prices are as follows (excludes on-roads):

2018 BMW X3 xDrive20d – AU$68,900
2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i – AU$75,900
2018 BMW X3 xDrive30d – AU$83,900

M Sport – $4550
Exclusive Package – $3800
Innovations Package – $3250 (standard on 30i, 30d)
Rear Comfort Package – $1820