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2018 BMW X3 packs first-ever performance model

The X3 now has an M40i trim, bringing it closer to what's offered on its coupe-like sibling, the X4.

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For the 2018 model year, BMW's thrown a host of updates at its smallish utility vehicle, both inside and out.

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The base X3 xDrive30i comes with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged I4, good for 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. 

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If that's not enough for you, BMW finally added an M Performance variant -- the X3 M40i. 

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This one packs a 3.0-liter, turbocharged I6, with an output of 355 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. 

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Both variants come standard with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic.

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While the overall length is about the same, the wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer, reducing overhangs and increasing interior space.

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It'll be the first BMW crossover in the US to come with a factory-installed 2-inch trailer hitch, too.

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BMW's latest vehicles, including this X3, will be capable of sending one another messages about upcoming hazards with car-to-car communications. 

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There's also a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable of supporting up to 10 devices, and Apple CarPlay can be engaged wirelessly.

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Pricing is not yet announced, but it will be revealed as we move closer to the 2018 X3's launch this November.

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