2020 BMW X3 M40i, Hybrid, Price, Changes, Specs

The X3 compact crossover is still fresh. The latest, third generation of the model arrived in 2018 and the company is preparing the first update. Well, there won’t be cosmetic changes, but the engine room can expect the big additions. The 2020 BMW X3 will keep existing 2.0-liter powertrain. For the next season, the crossover is getting a new M Package with performance-oriented engine. Furthermore, diesel drivetrain could appear in the US. Finally, BMW is developing a hybrid system that has high chances to appear on 2020 edition.

These upgrades will definitely improve versatility of the 2020 BMW X3. However, there could be the new trim packages and equipment on the way for the next model. As a premium crossover, X3 will have to prove itself with every upcoming season. Well, the vehicle is already very attractive, but there are always room for improvements. For example, the price is pretty high and BMW leaves some options as optional. Interior comfort is a strong side with excellent visibility for driver. On the other hand, steering could be easier.

2020 BMW X3 front view

2020 BMW X3 Specs

Under the hood of the 2020 BMW X3 will be a 2.0-liter engine. So-called sDrrive30i. The drivetrain sends power to two wheels. Turbocharged, it delivers 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Also, the fuel economy is not a downside of this turbo-four engine. There is also one more setup available for the 2.0-liter drivetrain – xDrive30i. In this case, the X3 will use all-wheel drive with excellent off-road capabilities. The crossover returns 26 mpg with 2WD (22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway)/ All-wheel drive (xDrive) consumes more fuel – 1 mpg in urban areas and 2 mpg on highways.

2020 BMW X3 engine

2020 BMW iX3

The electric version of the 2020 BMW X3 will come with iX3 badge. The new eDrive platform is already in usage, with i3 and i8 models coming this year. The next one to be electrified is X3 crossover. The same architecture underpins the vehicle and the exterior comes from the base model. Of course, interior requires special instruments and equipment. Cargo area will suffer, since the new batteries will take some space. The range of the 2020 BMW iX3 could be around 250 miles. The electric crossover will generate more power than the standard petrol unit. Output of the iX3 will be 270 ponies. Rumors are mentioning the M treatment for the electric model, but it is still a far-fetched story.

2020 BMW iX3

BMW is developing an autonomous drive. The 2020 BMW iX3 will be the first to get it. But, fans shouldn’t expect too much of it. The crossover is going to use Level 2 or maximum Level 3. That means driver’s attention will be needed and reaction during heavy traffic. Auto parking and lane keeping features are standard for Level 2 of self-driving system.

2020 BMW X3 M

As for other models, the 2020 BMW X3 M Package will be top of the line model. More powerful engine and special upgrades are coming. First, there is a M40i powertrain, or a 3.0-liter turbo-six unit. With it, the X3 gains 105 ponies, for 355 hp total. Also, torque raises to 370 lb-ft and towing capacity to 4,500 pounds. All-wheel drive is standard for this type of BMW crossovers and SUVs. Of course, the larger displacement consumes more fuel. The gas mileage of 23 mpg combined is still a good record. 

2020 BMW X3 rear view

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We still haven’t seen the standard 2020 BMW X3. However, the M version is already on streets. It carries a lot of camo, like its new bigger stablemate, X4 M. Fans must be patient for couple of months. The company will start dropping the covers soon.

2020 BMW X3 Styling and Features 

The new 2020 BMW X3 will keep the same look as its predecessor. Also, the iX3 model also uses the same design, but with reorganization of the interior. Well, the cabin of the third generation crossover is praised for its simplicity. Still, the premium model brings a lot of excitement and equipment. The downside is definitely lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features. A 6-inch display is available for base models, while the higher trim levels are using more transparent 10-inch screen. Driver’s display could be 12-inch wide. Power-adjustable synthetic seats, parking aid with rearview camera and sensors, USB ports and Bluetooth are coming with the entry-level models.

2020 BMW X3 interior

2020 BMW X3 Prices

Without big changes, the 2020 BMW X3 will keep the current pricing. Starting at $36,000 the cost could raise to $43,000 if we add AWD ($2,000) and M package ($5,000). Additional options cold skyrocket the price. However, we doubt there will be too many buyers willing to spend over $60,000 for this sport activity vehicle. The new iX3 will increase the price. We still don’t know precise cost. In Norway, the preorders are opened. It will cost you around $1,500 to buy a ticket to be one of the first persons to get it. 

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