Photos of the 2018 BMW X3 Leak Ahead of Its Official Debut

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

BMW wasn’t supposed to issue the global reveal of the new X3 until next week, but it seems its official website in Hong Kong didn’t get the memo.

Product details and photos have appeared a few days earlier than expected.

While easily recognizable as an X3, the updated SUV’s more sinister headlamps and gaping air inlets service a more aggressive forward appearance. However, the profile and overall shape have changed very little. With the exception of some gentle buffing of the bodywork, to smooth down the sharper edges and altered tail lights, BMW doesn’t appear to have changed much on the exterior.

Initially noticed by Carscoops, the Hong Kong images are identical to those leaked in France over the weekend. Everything is pointing to it using the company’s new CLAR platform to host a series of powertrain options. For launch, most of the world will receive engine options which include turbocharged four and six-cylinder engines — sized at 2.0 and 3.0 liters, respectively. An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive will come as standard, while BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system will be offered for an additional fee.

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Since BMW’s M division has to influence every single model the automaker is considering, the X3 will arrive with an M variant at launch. Hong Kong says that will come in the form of the M40i as the SUV’s top-tier trim. Using the inline-six, the rumor mill places its specs at 360 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque — substantially stronger than the previous generation. According to the official website, those figures yield it a 4.8 second 0 to 62 mph time and 155mph top speed. Converting from metric units, BMW says that will be good for between 28 and 29 miles per gallon.

Based on talk from Germany, we’re almost assured to see a hybridized powerplant in the future and possibly a genuine M Sport model with even more horsepower than the M40i. Hong Kong also specified two diesel trims that may or, more likely, may not make it to North America.

We’ll know more Monday when the car makes its official debut.

A version of this story originally appeared on The Truth About Cars

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