BMW X3 Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 6
First production year: 2004
Engines: Mild hybrid diesel, Mild hybrid, Hybrid gasoline, Gasoline, Diesel
Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)

2021 - Present

Four years after introducing the third generation of the X3, BMW introduced a refreshed version for it, with upgrades in all the areas: exterior, interior, and drivetrain. The 2017 X3 shared the same CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform with its bigger brother, the 2019 X5. Worth mentioning that the third X3 generation was already more extended than the first X5 generation. The X3 already matched its bigger brother's technologies with the facelifted version and offered a better choice for an all-around vehicle. Since it was shorter than the fourth-generation X5, it was easier to driv...

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mild hybrid diesel engines:

  BMW X3 M40d 48V 8AT AWD (340 HP)

  BMW X3 xDrive20d 48V 8AT AWD (190 HP)

  BMW X3 xDrive30d 48V 8AT AWD (286 HP)

mild hybrid engines:

  BMW X3 M40i 48V 8AT AWD (360 HP)

  BMW X3 xDrive20i 48V 8AT AWD (184 HP)

  BMW X3 xDrive30i 48V 8AT AWD (245 HP)

hybrid gasoline engines:

  BMW X3 xDrive30e 8AT AWD (292 HP)


2017 - 2021

The BMW X3 reached its third generation already. It was the vehicle that started the SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) lineup in BMW back in 2003. In 2017 evolved in both terms of design and technology. The platform, design, engines, and interior are new. The only part that was kept was the 8-speed automatic gearbox from ZF. But even that had received some software updates. On the outside, a bigger grille appeared on the front and, in the bumper, there are other three openings for cooling the engines and brakes. In the center, hidden behind the mesh, is the radar for adaptive cruise control an...

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2014 - 2017

The second generation of the BMW X3 has received a facelift in 2014. As usual for the German brand, the refreshed version brought more grunt under the hood and a revised look. Back in 2003, BMW launched the first generation of the X3. The brand's officials didn't name the car as an SUV, but as SAV – Sports Activity Vehicle. The idea behind the name was that the car was sportier than other SUVs from its segment. It was an SUV built for the road, but with decent off-road abilities. The redesigned, 2014 X3 was longer by 1 cm (0.4”) by the new design for the bumpers. The front ...

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2010 - 2013

The first compact crossover from a luxury sedan brand, the BMW X3 was revealed for the first time in 2003. The second generation BMW X3 was released in 2010 at the Paris Auto Show. Larger than its predecessor, the new X3 was similar to the X4 in terms of exterior design. The main target of the new model was to increase comfort and space. While the first generation had a somewhat cramped interior and offered a rough ride, the then-new X3 improved these aspects. While the suspension was redesigned to improve the ride quality, the X3 still remained solid, with a very responsive handli...

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2007 - 2010

BMW introduced the BMW X3 in 2003 and, in October 2006, it launched the mid-life cycle refresh that changed more parts in and out of the vehicle. BMW launched the 5-Series based X5 in 1999 and, four years later, the X3. It named its vehicles as Sports Activity Vehicle, or SAV for short, since it considered that those cars will be used mostly on paved roads and only rarely on soft off-road situations. They were absolutely right about that, but most of the X3s and X5s were built with all-wheel-drive. The 2006 X3 LCI (Life Cycle Impuls) received new headlights that, along with the fogligh...

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2004 - 2007

After the successful introduction of the BMW X5 on the market, the German carmaker didn't wait for too much to launch a smaller version and the first generation of the BMW X3 appeared in 2003. In the fall of 2003, at the Frankfurt Auto Show, BMW unveiled the smaller brother of the X5. It was a car that didn't have too many competitors on the market, except for the Land Rover Freelander, which was developed under the BMW management. With a platform taken from the BMW 3-Series, the X3 had the same rear suspension with the compact sedan. The design was arguably one of its stro...

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