The BMW X3 2017 offers value for its pricey cost with its excellent choice of luxury features, wide-raging talents, and a broad selection of engines. Some highlights include top-notch crash-test scores, crisp handling, a high quality cabin, a generous cargo and passenger space, and a choice of three capable and fuel-sipping engines. Its release date is set for early 2016.
Although largely unchanged, the X3 adds a standard Harman Kardon audio system.
The X3 isn’t for everyone especially if you have a tight budget. It costs a lot more than its rivals and its upscale features and technologies account for every cent. In its sixth year of production, it may seem like a long time for a luxury sedan to be a class leader, however, BMW has been able to keep its age at bay with the constant updates it has received over the years. It’s practically impossible to find any downside to this amazing vehicle and the only one we’ve been able to get is its relatively higher price.
For 2017, the X3 returns almost unchanged as last year saw a significant refresh to its design that burnished its appeal. For instance, it came with a new diesel engine that offered excellent fuel economy ratings; new redesigned headlights; and slight changes to its exterior color palette. For this year, the X3 has just gotten better. It has managed to age gracefully and seems to have gotten even better just like wine.
Frankly speaking, the available competition posed by its traditional rivals is still far away from catching up with the X3. They include: 2017 Acura RDX, 2017 Lexus NX, 2017 Porsche Macan, and the veteran 2017 Volvo XC60.
However, if at all you can squeeze the X3 into your budget, resistance may prove futile. With its changes and updates, there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
BMW X3 – Available Trims
The 2017 X3 is available in three trims: xDrive28i, sDrive28i, xDrive28d, and the range-topping xDrive35i.
Exterior Dimensions & Interior Review – 2017 BMW X3
The base sDrive28i is standard with 18” wheels, auto-dimming mirrors, roof rails, gasoline-powered four-cylinder engine, a power liftgate, automatic headlights, LED foglights, automatic climate control (dual-zone), cruise control, automatic wipers, ambient interior lighting, rear privacy glass, driver memory settings, “SensaTec” upholstery, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, nine-speaker sound system, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, eight-way power front seats, the iDrive electronics interface, an auxiliary audio input, and a leather wrapped steering wheel.
The xDrive28i comes bundled with a diesel engine, hill descent control, and an all-wheel-drive system.
Next up is the xDrive35i that boasts of a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED taillights, adaptive xenon headlights, and a powerful inline-6 gasoline engine.
Several packages are available optionally. They include: the Premium package that bundles keyless ignition and entry, satellite radio, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof; the Cold Weather package tacks on heated rear and front seats, retractable headlight washer system, and a heated steering system; the Technology package adds a navigation system, a heads-up display, an enhanced driver information display, BMW Remote Services, and smartphone app integration; the Dynamic Handling package bundles an all-wheel-drive system, enhanced torque vectoring and variable-ratio steering, and adaptive suspension dampers.
The M Sport package tacks on a sport steering wheel, special interior trim, an aerodynamic body kit, torque-vectoring AWD, and 19” wheels.
2017 BMW X3 Engine Specs
Equipped on every 2017 BMW X3 is the automatic stop-start feature and an eight-speed automatic transmission system. For starters, the sDrive connotes a RWD, while the xDrive refers to the AWD.
Powering both the sDrive28i and xDrive28i is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine rated at 240 hp and 260 lbs. of torque. During our test drive, the all-wheel-drive X3 sprinted from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds. EPA ratings for both the sDrive28i and xDrive28i stand at 21/28/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
The 2017 BMW X3 xDrive28d ups the performance stakes with its turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder diesel engine rated at 180 horsepower and 280 pounds of torque. According to BMW’s estimates, expect the vehicle to hit 60 mph in just 7.8 seconds.
Finally, the 2017 BMW X3 xDrive35i gets a turbocharged 3.0L inline-6 engine good for 300 horsepower and 300 pounds of torque. It hits 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds.
Release Date & 2017 BMW X3 Price
The new 2017 BMW X3 Diesel comes with an MSRP starting from $42,450, while the SUV features an MSRP of $38,950. Its release date should be expected early next year.
News has it that the next-gen X3 will be code-named G01, we are still researching on the same and will keep you updated.