Auto News for June 27 – New BMW X3


 BMW has unveiled its 2018 X3 that will feature, for the first time, an M Performance model in the lineup with a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. There will also be a 75 percent larger Head-Up Display, a 10.25 inch touchscreen and BMW Gesture Control technology. And not to forget the “first ever factory installed trailer hitch.”

 The new M model will feature a 3.0-liter twin power turbo six with 355 horsepower. BMW said the X3 M40i will sit atop the model range and come with an 8-speed “Steptronic Sport” automatic with shift paddles. Also “M Sport brakes, M Sport suspension with M Performance specific tuning, Variable sport steering and standard 19-inch or optional 20-inch and 21-inch cast light-alloy wheels.

 The X3 M40i can be equipped with the Adaptive M Sport suspension, which covers an even wider spread of ride comfort featuring the sportiest set-up suspension available.

 New inside is 3-zone automatic climate control, individually adjustable 40/20/20 second row seats, and a significant increase in load capacity from 28.7 cubic feet to 62.7 cubic feet.

 At night, the iDrive display appears to be floating above the instrument panel.  

 Drivers can try out a wide variety of drive modes: ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ in the M40i model only.

 There will be eight inches of ground clearance for those considering a trip off pavement.

 Production will be carried out the BMW plant in Spartanburg, S.C. It will go on sale in November. The X3, not the plant!


 McLaren has partnered with LEGO to build a full size model 720S that will be displayed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. A team of six worked for more than 2,000 hours to build the model using 280,000 or so LEGO bricks.  The 1:1 scale model will arrive at the Goodwood stand incomplete. In order to finish the build, visitors to the McLaren stand will need to place orange McLaren bricks in designated parts of the car, with the 720S reaching completion by Sunday at the end of the Festival of Speed. The finished model, McLaren said, will be substantially heavier than the real life 720S.

  GM has trimmed its sales forecast for the year to the “low 17 million” range from the previously announced mid-17 million range. Industry wide sales have been lower for the past three months, especially for cars. 




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