The BMW X3 SUV has been updated with a revised look and new diesel engines, and now looks like a baby X5. Keep reading for details and pictures.
The X3’s facelift includes a revised grille, restyled headlights, new bumpers, updated side mirrors and spiffier alloy wheels. Taken together, the changes give the compact SUV a more stately look that is reminiscent of the latest X5‘s. We find it more attractive than the previous model, which was a bit awkward in appearance.
A new xLine equipment package allows owners to enhance the look of the X3 even further with metallic inserts in the bumpers, satin aluminum side cladding and bars in the air intakes, simulated underbody guards and a choice of 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels. Those looking for more substantial upgrades have the option of an M Sport package that adds an aerodynamic body kit, a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, an anthracite roof, shadow line trim and 18- to 20-inch alloys.
Inside, the upholstery and trim elements have been updated, along with the infotainment system and iDrive controller with an integrated touchpad. The cup holders are new, while an available “Smart Opener” enables the tailgate to be opened by simply placing your foot under the rear bumper.
The biggest news with the North American-spec X3 is the new xDrive28d model, which is powered by a 180 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 180 horsepower. Using the lineup’s eight-speed automatic transmission, it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 8 seconds.
For the first time ever, there will be an X3 with only rear-wheel drive. The sDrive28 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged, gasoline engine with 240 hp and 260 lb-ft. of torque and reaches 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. As the entry-level model in the U.S., it has a starting price of $39,325 ( $925 destination).
The European model gains a new 2.0-liter diesel unit in the xDrive20d. Using the eight-speed automatic, it generates 190 PS (188 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque — an increase of 6 HP (5 kW) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) over the previous oil burner — and allows the SUV to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.1 seconds. Combined fuel consumption comes in at 5.0l/100km (56.5 mpg UK).
Here’s A BMW X7 Pickup Truck You Can’t Have
It’s not April 1, so no jokes here. This car is very real, but you can’t buy one.
BMW has transformed its biggest SUV into a pickup truck, and it’s pretty cool.
Developed by BMW Group vocational trainees in cooperation with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions at BMW’s Munich plant, the BMW X7 Pickup is a one-off concept that can carry five passengers and an F 850 GS motorcycle. The roof panel, rear door skins, and tailgate are made from carbon fiber to minimize weight, trimming 440 pounds off the X7 SUV’s weight despite being a four inches longer.
The truck bed is finished in fine-polished wood finish, while a height-adjustable two-level air suspension makes it easier to get things into it.
There are no mechanical changes. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that has been turbocharged to produce 340 horsepower, with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the four wheels. BMW didn’t publish towing capacity, or revealed the effect the pickup conversion has on performance.
The BMW X7 truck concept looks production-ready and could be an interesting addition to the BMW lineup, but the German automaker stresses it has no plans to build it. What a shame.
10 Exciting Electric Cars Coming In 2020
2020 is a good year for anyone shopping for an electric vehicle.
If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the perfect electric car, 2020 could be the year you found one. It’s noteworthy for the large number of high-profile EVs that will be released.
With prices becoming competitive and range anxiety almost a thing of the past, the age of the electric vehicle is truly upon us. Whether you’re looking for a practical car to use for daily commutes or something that simply wows people with impeccable style, there’s bound to be something for you. Here are ten exciting electric vehicles we are looking forward to the most in 2020.
1. Rivian R1T Truck / R1S SUV
There have been much excitement surrounding Rivian, and for good reason. The electric car upstart is seen by many as a serious threat to Tesla, and you have the Rivian R1T and R1S SUV to thank for that. The all-electric R1T pickup truck is arguably the coolest and most well-rounded pickup in recent memory, offering supercar-levels of performance (it does zero to 60 mph in just 3 seconds!), world-class trucking capabilities, and serious off-road chops. A massive 80kWh battery gives it an effective driving range of 400 miles (644 km) and can be charged to 100% capacity in an hour when depleted.
Mechanically identical to the R1T, the R1S is for those who would prefer more seats and a hatch rather than a truck bed. As a seven-passenger electric SUV, it’s better suited for carrying people around than the R1T.
2. Porsche Taycan / Taycan Cross Turismo
As the company’s first fully-electric vehicle, Porsche’s long-awaited Taycan four-door performance sedan and its high-riding Taycan Cross Turismo estate (wagon) variant will offer buyers a super powerful lithium-ion battery and up to 350 kW charging capacity. Both models can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and have a driving range of more than 300 miles (500 km). Their battery can be charged to provide 62 miles of range in just four minutes.
3. Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y is essentially the SUV version of the highly-popular Tesla Model 3, featuring the same interior design and similar performance. It offers more interior room than the Model 3, however, with an optional package allowing it to seat up to seven people. The most affordable Model Y will have a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km/h), while the long-range version might deliver as much as 300 miles (483 km).
4. Volkswagen ID Neo
As one of the more affordable family cars coming to the market, the Volkswagen ID Neo is for the masses. Essentially an all-electric interpretation of the highly-popular VW Golf, the practical five-door compact hatchback has capable motors, a 125kw charging capacity, and is expected to come with three different battery size options giving it a driving range from 180 miles on the low end to 342 miles.
5. Volkswagen I.D. Crozz
The VW I.D. Crozz is a fully-electric compact crossover with rear-biased all-wheel drive system. It offers 311 miles (500 km) of driving range, according to European NEDC tests, and performance should be brisk thanks to two electric motors generating a combined 302 hp. With a 150 kW DC fast charger, its battery can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes.
According to Volkswagen, the production I.D. Crozz will have as much interior room as the VW Tiguan SUV.
6. Peugeot e-208
French automaker PSA took its first step towards the full electrification of its entire lineup by 2023 with the Peugeot e-208, an all-electric version of Peugeot’s hot selling 208 city car. The impeccably-styled electric hatchback uses a 50 kWh battery pack to power a 100 kW electric motor for an estimated 211-mile (34 km) range on the WLTP cycle, while fast charging can give it an 80% charge in around 30 minutes.
Primed for city driving, the electric Peugeot e-208 should be within reach for most people, even those who might need a little help from car-buying service like Buy Here Pay Here Car Lots.
7. Audi e-tron Sportback
The Audi e-tron Sportback is one of the more exciting, head-turning electric vehicles coming in 2020. As a coupe-like SUV, it is a more stylish interpretation of the new Audi e-tron SUV for those who place design above practicality. And like the regular e-tron SUV, it will likely utilize one electric motor at the front and one at the rear to produce a maximum of 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and 490 lb⋅ft (664 Nm) of torque, allowing it to hit 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). A 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack provides a driving range of over 200= miles EPA range and can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.
8. Polestar 2
As the second car from Polestar (formerly the performance arm of Volvo), the Polestar 2 is a five-door fastback EV featuring many hallmarks of Scandinavian design and offering 310 miles (500 km) of range from a 87kWh battery. Its 408 horsepower and all-wheel drive system provide more than enough propulsion to get you moving. Learn more about the Polestar 2.
9. Mercedes-Benz EQC
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is Mercedes-Benz’s first-ever all-electric SUV. A little bigger than the Mercedes-Benz GLC and expected to go on sale in early 2020, the electrified German SUV has an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors — one at each axle to provide all-wheel drive — that make 402 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds. The EQC is estimated to be priced around $90,000.
10. BMW iX3
With the German government massively supporting the development of electric vehicles, it’s no surprise to see BMW bringing several to the market. Essentially an all-electric version of the popular X3 SUV, the BMW iX3 makes around 270bhp and can travel up to 249 miles on a full charge, and charging its 70kWh battery to full capacity when depleted takes just 30 minutes!
BMW plans to introduce a whole fleet of new electric vehicles over the next few years, and the iX3 will probably be its most popular model.
New, 2020 BMW X6 SUV Arrives With Twin-Turbo V8, Light-Up Grille
Its still a more stylish X5, but with a grille that lights up at night this time around.
Regardless of what you think about it’s polorizing design, the BMW X6 has been a relative success, having sold over 443,000 units since the first-gen model debuted in 2008. This success has warranted an all-new, third-generation X6.
The X6 was one of the first coupe-like crossovers — a funky-looking one at that– and the latest model sticks close to that formula. The overall proportions don’t change much — it still looks like a tall fastback on stilts — but the front and rear fascias have been upgraded with BMW’s latest design language.
Designers put more effort into differentiating the X6 from the more practical X5 than ever before, with distinct touches including a brand-first light-up grille that turns on at the same time as the daytime running lights.
The interior is mostly the same as the X5’s, including the driver-oriented center console and digital instrument cluster. A navigation system, tinted windows, a larger panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, and Apple CarPlay all come standard, but Android Auto is still not offered.
The new X6 is a little longer and wider than the previous model, meaning more room for driver and passengers. Cargo space is still undermined by the coupe-like design, but it too is a little larger at 27.4 cubic feet with all seats up and 59.6 cubes with the rear seat folded flat. If space is your priority, go for the X5.
At launch, the X6 will be available in three versions called sDrive40i, xDrive40i and M50i. The sDrive40i and xDrive40i source their power from a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, while the M50i gets a 4.4-liter eight-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged engine with 523 hp and 553 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The X6 sDrive40i is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.2 seconds, while the all-wheel drive X6 xDrive40 reaches 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The BMW X6 M50i is rear-wheel drive only and reaches 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds.
A proper M-tuned X6 M with over 600 horsepower will join the line-up later on, as will a plug-in hybrid model. European buyers will have access to several diesel options in addition to the aforementioned engines.
The all-new, 2020 BMW X6 is built in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and goes on sale in November 2019. Pricing starts at $64,300 for the sDrive40i model and $85,650 for the X6 M50i, both excluding a mandatory $995 destination charge.