The new 2017 BMW X3 M40i is coming, and while the name may not be a mouthful; the upcoming model is set to be the company’s high-performance model in the extremely popular X3 range. Most people will be thrilled to hear the vehicle will be coming out in as a plug-in hybrid variant. Plus, although, the entire X3 lineup for the year 2017 will all have the same exterior appearance, including the upcoming 2017 BMW X3 M40i, considering the X3 M40i is a part of a higher trim level, consumers should expect to see this car come pre-loaded with tons of high-end features and equipment.
2017 BMW X3 M40i – Exterior and Interior Design
Images we have seen show a refreshed exterior design, giving the ride an impressive look. The exterior design is based on the M Sport package with few design inspirations coming from the Ferric Grey. The car will ride on CLAR platform and will be built from lightweight materials, reducing the overall weight of the car by around 200 pounds compared to the predecessor. The rear part will also be refined and is going to be made bigger compared to the previous model. The car, just like the rest in the same lineup, will come fully fitted with double sport exhaust system incorporated with a black chrome. When it comes to the inside, we expect the company to give it an equally impressive styling. The inside will come with some major retouching and the driver will absolutely take delight on the new M leather steering wheel. The sports seat have all been taken to a whole new level; the come fully complete with premium quality materials and capped with special sill protection. In short, the inside is going to be all about luxury and comfort.
2017 BMW X3 M40i – Engine and Performance
The upcoming 2017 BMW X3 M40i is a hybrid version of X3 crossover that is expected to arrive towards the end of 2016 or even early 2017. However, M40i model will use an electric motor paired with a petrol engine, and for high performance, the company is likely to pair it with a very strong gasoline unit. As of now, there are rumors milling around of a possible 3.0-liter 6-cylinder drivetrain. Same powertrain placed under the hoods of the 7-series vehicles and M version f regular 2017 X3 as well. We predict a power output of more than 355 hp. It is not even going to stop there; engines from current M4 and M3 sedans might also find their place in X3 lineup. The twin turbo 6-cylinder unit coupled with electric batteries will be able to make up to 420 horses and this will make the car hit up to 60 mph in 6 seconds. The car handling has also been improved; it is smooth and comfortable, making the new 2017 BMW X3 M40i the best car for traveling long distance.
2017 BMW X3 M40i – Release Date and Price
As we wait for the company to make everything official, it is rumored that this hybrid will hit the market late 2016 or early 2017. A lot of speculations about the price have been thrown around, but the price is expected to range from $35,850 to $50,150 depending largely on the specs.