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2018 BMW X3 aims for the small luxury SUV crown

BMW's new X3 small luxury SUV hopes to trample the competition with fresh looks, technology and a trio of engine options including a diesel and high-performance six-cylinder.

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An all-new third-generation BMW X3 SUV will launch for the 2018 model year.

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For the first time, a more performance-focused X3 M40i model will be available.

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A 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine will power the X3 M40i making 355 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

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An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all 2018 X3 models.

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BMW says the X3 M40i can hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, which is impressive for a 4,277 pound SUV. 

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All 2018 X3s feature a tow capacity of 4,400 pounds.

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The X3 xDrive30i will serve as the base model in the US and is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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The base engine will feature 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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While not as quick as the M40i, the X3 xDrive30i will still hit 60 mph in 6 seconds.

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The 2018 BMW X3 will officially go on sale in dealers on November 11.

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