First released in 2003, BMW X3 is one of the best-selling compact mid-size SUVs on the market today. The German automobile manufacturer has achieved three generations with this luxury crossover, and is planning to release a high-performing version of it. The upcoming car will go with the name 2016 BMW X3 M. It will be equipped with the latest technologies and all its parts will get a touch of an innovative design.
2016 BMW X3 M – Best Among its Segment:
BMW will use the CLAR modular platform to design the X3 M. The automaker will construct the car with aluminum alloys, carbon fiber and high strength steel. This combination of materials will make the car lighter and stronger, providing for better performance and fuel economy. The entire exterior will look elegant, sleek and sporty. A number of unique colors will be provided to allow buyers choose the ones which suit them.
In the front end, 2016 BMW X3 M will get a revised kidney grille, larger air intakes and twin circular headlights. There will also be a prominent bumper and daytime running lights in this end of the car. The rear end will spot a quad-exhaust pipe and also a prominent bumper. On the sides, you can expect new skirts and revamped wheels with wider tires.
The major highlights in the interior of 2016 BMW X3 M sport include: a sporty, leather-wrapped steering wheel, seats covered with Merino leather and a Nappa leather dashboard. Concerning cabin space, the crossover will have a roomier cabin offering great comfort to all passengers. A cargo compartment will also be available to hold the passengers’ luggage.
When it comes to the technology, the luxury crossover will have an updated infotainment system featuring a larger touchscreen display and a host of digital controls. There will be more tech features such as a four-zone climate control system, a navigation unit and a premium surround-sound system. In addition, the car will get connectivity options such as Bluetooth, Smartphone integration and USB ports.
On the safety and security side, 2016 BMW X3 M will feature dual airbags, parking control, lane departure warning, rearview camera, seatbelts, keyless entry, pre-collision system, cruise control and blind spot monitoring system.
2016 BMW X3 M – Engine, Performance and Rival:
According to the carmaker, the X3 M will be equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 engine. This powerhouse is rated at 425 hp and 406 lb-ft. It will be paired with an 8-speed M streptronic automatic transmission system. A revised xDrive system will also be available to boost the powertrain.
The car will come with an all-wheel drive and will take 5.0 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. The top speed is estimated at 155 mph. As for the fuel economy, the compact crossover will have EPA ratings of about 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
2016 BMW X3 M – Possible Arrival Date and Price:
You can expect the upcoming luxury crossover SUV to cost more than the base model. It will have a price of around $55,000. The mid-size SUV will be available to customers by the second half of 2016.