January 17, 2018 at 2:03 pm by Clifford Atiyeh | Photography by Chris Doane Automotive
A BMW executive confirmed the X3 diesel, which will be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina, alongside the gasoline xDrive30i and xDrive M40i, is on its way. That compact SUV will be BMW’s fourth 2018 diesel model on sale following the X5 xDrive35d, 328d sedan, and 328d xDrive Sports Wagon. The previous-generation X3 xDrive28d had been available until 2017, when its EPA certification wasn’t approved in time for that model year. The EPA has stretched its typical certification process by months for new diesels, which have included on-road tests.
We were also told not to “rule out” an X3M, which unlike the M4oi will receive a full-bore motorsports treatment like that offered on the X5M and X6M. Given that spy photographers have captured such an X3 testing and Mercedes-AMG sells the 503-hp GLC63 S, Americans can certainly find room for another overpowered German crossover.