Now more than ever before, the newly launched 2018 BMW X3 M40i faces an even more challenging task in the compact SUV segment. This is as a result of the newly released models from Alfa Romeo and Jaguar that similarly appear to have received boatloads of changes as well. With a whopping 355 horsepower generated beneath its hood, the all-new BMW X3 M40i represents the best performance-rated model among the entire X3 heap.
Although it is the most powerful X3 today, BMW says its days may soon be numbered with the expected arrival of the no-nonsense X3 M that is set to be the new kingpin of the range in terms of power. According to BMW, this bad boy will be V8-powered machine and will mate to a DCT transmission system. Its output still remains anyone’s guess at this point.
Buried beneath the hood is a 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder engine capable of producing 355 horsepower and 369 lbs. ft. of torque. This will represent a whopping 55 horsepower and 69 pounds of torque increase over the xDrive35i model which it is replacing. According to the automaker, this power should enable the X3 M40i sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.
But the all-new model isn’t just all about performance on the track, it is also a luxury vehicle that packs a full suite of advanced driving features, technology, and creature comforts. This was forthcoming given just how good its predecessor was.
It goes without saying that this model has been able to achieve so much success in the compact luxury SUV segment due to constant updates over the years. Although the new model lacks any dramatic changes over the previous model, the subtle refinements and tweaks will certainly put some heat on the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class when it goes for sale this fall.
A glimpse at the interior reveals several updates and changes. For instance, the central display screen is new. Unlike before where it was integrated into the dash, now it is perched on top of the central display screen. The interior is also livened by a new steering wheel, which features unique trim pieces and aluminum buttons. Infotainment wise, the new model now features an updated 10.3” system that supports navigation, hands-free gesture and touchscreen operation.
In terms of exterior styling, the new 2018 BMW X3 M40i gets a more expressive look than before. To begin with, the wheelbase now stretches longer by 2.2 inches, now has a tapering roofline, a long hood, and a rising beltline from the front of the C-pillar. Moreover, the profile gets an even more striking profile thanks to refreshed front fascia that is marked by the redesigned headlights and menacing grille.
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2018 BMW X3 M40i Release Date & Price
According to trusted news outlets, the new model is expected to go for sale this fall, in November to be specific. Pricing is yet to be announced yet but we’d wager that the additional changes – additional technologies, updated exterior and interior, new engine, and a standard all-wheel drive system might result in a slightly inflated price that is a couple few thousands from the current MSRP of $41,045.
BMW M40i 2018 Interior Changes
As previously told, the new model isn’t a revolutionary departure from the outgoing model, but then again, it is said that one doesn’t fix what hasn’t broken and BMW seems to abide by the adage.
Complementing the interior is a suite of high-quality features and technologies. Probably the first thing a returning user will notice is the marque’s new ubiquitous electronic gear selector and the center stack angled towards the driver. Other than that, much of the remaining changes are perhaps updates to the driver assist technologies and infotainment systems.
Obviously for a car in this segment, the material quality is certainly beyond reproach unless the criticism is coming from a past user of Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and whatnot. There’re acres of premium leather and premium trimmings covering most surfaces. Standard equipment available include a forward collision warning system, a 40/20/40-split-folding and reclining rear bench seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, and sport seats available with power-adjustable bolstering.
The new 2018 BMW X3 M40i features 19-inch wheels, a sport exhaust, aggressive bumpers, upgraded brakes, a Sport+ driving mode, a launch control feature, variable-ratio steering, and steering-wheel mounted shift paddles.
Additionally, those with an extra budget might consider opting for the M Sport package. The M Sport package features a black exterior trim, door sill plaques, an M Sport steering wheel, a leatherette-covered dashboard, blue-painted calipers, and a whopping 20-inch wheels. Also available is the Luxury package.
BMW also makes some stand-alone options available. These include a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 10.3” touchscreen display, a multi-color ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, 21-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Exterior colors - 2018 BMW X3 M40i
In addition to the carryover colors from the previous model, the new model will now feature an extra one – Python Blue. The color palette now will include Python Blue, Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Chestnut Bronze, Glacier Silver, Melbourne Red, Jet Black, Space Gray, Mineral Silver, Mineral White Metallic, and Deep Sea Blue Metallic.
The BMW x3 m40i 2018 is one of the two trim models offered in the X3 range for 2018. The other trim model is the xDrive3i model – the standard model. The xDrive3i comes equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine capable of generating 248 hp and 258 lbs. ft. of torque. It comes as a replacement for the outgoing xDrive28i and although sees no change in output, BMW says it has received improved acceleration. BMW says it should be able to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6.0 seconds.
The performance-oriented 2018 BMW X3 M40i, as previously mentioned, will come equipped with a high-octane output rated at 355 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque. This should enable it zoom from naught to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.
Even while we await the verdict of the EPA, we don’t expect any changes in the fuel economy ratings over the previous models. If you want to learn more about the fuel economy ratings of the 2017 model, you could click here to be redirected to the official website.