Upcoming X3 shows for the first time

It will take a while until 2025 and the next BMW X3, but the first information about the Bavarian mid-range SUV is already gathering. That’s what we know about hybrid engines, the M40i, the interior and the price. First Erlkönig photos!

In the booming mid-size SUV segment, the BMW X3 is a real top seller and is set to remain so beyond 2025: in the important markets of North America and China, the X3, built in the BMW plant in Spartanburg, USA, is even selling better than the competing models from Audi and Mercedes. And: The SUV is also available as a fully electric version iX3, which rolls off the assembly line in China. In 2021, the X3 series, which has been available since the end of 2017, has received a facelift. For 2025 we expect the new model generation, for which there are two scenarios: Either the X3 is based on the further developed Cluster Architecture (CLAR) for models with longitudinal engines and rear-wheel or all-wheel drive or it already uses the new class architecture, which BMW for 2025 has announced. The focus of this completely new and almost infinitely scalable platform – from compact cars to luxury SUVs, everything should be possible – is on purely electric drives, as Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, has already announced. To this end, the brand is working intensively on new electric motors and 800-volt technology. More detailed information on the new class architecture, and thus on a BMW X3 (2025) that may be based on it, is not yet available. However, the first photos of prototypes speak in favor of the CLAR solution.

First photos: HYBRID, M40I, price, interior of BMW X3 (2025)

If the next BMW X3 (2025) is based on the modified CLAR platform, combustion engine versions in the form of mildly hybridized four- and six-cylinders should also be considered set. One of the prototypes confirms its classic drive with four clearly visible tailpipes. The long bonnet also points to the advanced cluster architecture. The upcoming X3 will then also benefit from the new generations of plug-in hybrid drives – with significantly higher battery capacities for a purely electric range of up to 100 kilometers. It is quite possible that the sharp M version of the BMW X3 (2025) and the M40i positioned below it as a part-time electric vehicle rely on the combination of in-line six-cylinder turbo petrol engine and electric motors and thus advance into new performance dimensions. As far as the interior is concerned, the future X3 will take another step in the direction of digitization by introducing the curved display from the i4, while the rotary pushbutton may have to go. A look at the current model, which is available from 52,800 euros (as of June 2022), helps to estimate the price of the mid-range SUV of the future.

What is the difference between 4WD and AWD?

When it comes to buying a car, whether new or used, there are many features and characteristics to consider. Do you want a manual gearbox or do you prefer the more common automatic? What engine displacement do you want? Do you want a two-door or a four-door? And among all these questions, of course, there’s the big one: should you get a two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive (4WD) or four-wheel drive (AWD) car ?

If you’ve ever bought a new car, you’ve probably seen the differences between 4WD and AWD. Most people have a general idea of what they mean – 4WD means that power is transmitted to all four wheels, but shouldn’t AWD be the same? As it turns out, they are similar, but there are a few important characteristics that differentiate 4WD and AWD. Simply put, one of the two is best suited to off-road driving, while the other is designed for regular driving, especially if that driving takes place in snow or heavy rain.

What is the difference between 4WD and AWD?

When it comes to buying a car, whether it’s new or used, there are many characteristics and features to consider. Do you want a manual gearbox or do you prefer the more common automatic? What engine displacement do you want? Do you want a two-door or a four-door? And among all these questions, of course, there’s the big one: should you get a two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive (4WD) or four-wheel drive (AWD) car ?

If you’ve ever bought a new car, you’ve probably seen the differences between 4WD and AWD. Most people have a general idea of what they mean – 4WD means that power is transmitted to all four wheels, but shouldn’t AWD be the same? As it turns out, they are similar, but there are a few important characteristics that differentiate 4WD and AWD. Simply put, one of the two is best suited to off-roading, while the other is designed for regular driving, especially if that driving takes place in snow or heavy rain.

What is AWD all-wheel drive?

So, what is all-wheel drive on a car? All-wheel drive is intended for use on tarmac – yes, it will work on other surfaces as well, but it’s mainly intended for normal driving. Simply put, a four-wheel drive car needs to transmit power to all four wheels at the same time. This generally makes the car more powerful than its all-wheel-drive counterparts. It should be noted that an all-wheel-drive vehicle does this all the time, whereas an all-wheel-drive variant only does it when necessary. You should also be aware that in a four-wheel drive car, the wheels can move at different speeds during cornering, according to Car and Driver.

All-wheel drive can be found in almost every category of car, but you mostly see it on high-performance cars, modern SUVs and passenger cars. This is because four-wheel drive vehicles can be driven in almost all weather conditions, and these types of vehicles are usually designed for the day-to-day commute needed to take the kids to school or run general errands. One way to look at four-wheel drive vehicles is that they are very general and can be used in most situations, and they can be especially useful when it’s raining or snowing outside.

What is four-wheel drive 4WD?

While AWD can be used all the time (although many cars switch to 2WD from time to time to save on petrol), this is not the case with all-wheel drive vehicles. For the most part, these types of cars are reserved for use off-road or possibly on slippery surfaces (via Popular Mechanics ). Of course, you can also use 4WD on normal roads, but this will mostly be wasted on tarmac, and it really shines in off-road conditions such as hill climbing. With this option, the driver has to manually enter 4WD mode to use it; this is usually done by turning the knob to engage the mode. 

When this happens, the front and rear driveshafts lock together. This forces both the front and rear axles to rotate at the same speed. Four-wheel drive cars are advantageous because it ensures that torque is always transferred to at least one wheel, so 4WD cars are ideal for off-roading. You’ll usually find the 4WD option on certain types of vehicle, including rugged SUVs, trucks and most other models designed for off-roading.

Disadvantages of 4WD and AWD

Although both all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive have their advantages, they are not for everyone and can make some aspects of owning a car more expensive. The biggest drawback most people think of regarding both types of vehicles is fuel economy. The fact is that both 4WD and AWD cars will cost you more at the pump. The technology needed to make all four wheels work means more fuel will be used per mile. In addition, there is often a size difference between the cars that use all four wheels and your 2WD options, which also impacts fuel usage.

Other than fuel economy, many people who buy either 4WD or AWD cars feel that they have to give up something to have another. If you get an AWD car, it feels like you can’t use it for off-road activities, although you can, just only to an extent. If you get a 4WD car, then you’re only really getting the capabilities some of the time, which some off-roading fans don’t appreciate.

4WD vs AWD on snow and ice

Weather conditions are another lens through which to compare 4WD and AWD vehicles. While both offer improved traction in harsh weather conditions, they also differ in this category. According to Car and Driver, the all-wheel drive system does best in normal snow or icy weather. This goes back to the fact that AWD vehicles are user-friendly because these systems are automatic. In other words, the driver simply needs to drive on a snowy or icy road and the four-wheel drive system will apply as much traction or torque as necessary.

However, if you live in a place where there are often particularly harsh weather conditions where snow accumulates, you might want to consider 4WD. For example, if there’s a good chance that you’ll have to climb icy hills or traverse deep piles of snow during winter driving, it’s probably best to opt for 4WD. Again, both 4WD and AWD bring a lot to the table, but even when it comes to weather conditions, it just depends on the buyer’s needs.

4WD vs AWD: which is better?

We know that both 4WD and AWD cars have their place in the automotive world because each option delivers power to all four wheels; it’s how this is achieved that makes them different. Which one a buyer chooses, usually if they have done their research, is a direct reflection of the type of driving they will do most often. But is one generally better than the other? For most people who use their cars for general purposes, four-wheel drive would be the best option. One of the main reasons is that all-wheel-drive cars have less complex mechanical set-up than all-wheel-drive variants. This means that an all-wheel-drive vehicle will be much more economical in terms of maintenance and repair costs (via True Car ).

Another reason why the average driver would prefer all-wheel drive is that it is user-friendly. This is because the system is always on and requires no extra attention from the driver. All in all, unless you plan to hit the road and really use your car to drive off-road over rocky and treacherous terrain, you don’t really need 4WD when AWD basically does the same thing, but with fewer drawbacks.

Ineos plans to open its first UK dealerships in June ahead of the Grenadier’s arrival

Automotive industry newcomer Ineos has announced its first UK dealerships from which customers will be able to order the new Grenadier 4×4. The new SUV will be available in 160 shops worldwide, 24 of which are located in the UK.

By the end of 2022, Ineos plans to have established a network of around 200 Grenadier sales and service centres, including its existing dealer groups, four-wheel drive specialists and agricultural machinery dealers. In total the vehicle will be available for ordering in 50 different countries.

The first 24 UK sites will include dealers in Belfast, Edinburgh and West London and other provincial dealers near Blackburn, Lancashire and Beamish near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There will also be shops in Nottingham, Portsmouth and Carlisle.

Ineos says it is working with retailers to get the outlets ready to welcome customers in the “next few months”, with sales agents and workshop technicians undergoing an “intensive” training programme. The first of the new sites will open in June, and Ineos plans to make sure that ‘most’ UK customers are within a 45-minute drive of the official sales and service centres.

To achieve this, Ineos also intends to complement its dealer network with 10 partners and Bosch Car Service accredited service points. All service centres in Scotland, including those in Stirling, Kilmarnock and Inverness, will eventually “support sales and test drive”.

“For over a year we have worked tirelessly to find retail partners in the UK who share our enthusiasm and excitement for the Grenadier,” said Gary Pearson, head of INEOS Automotive in the UK and MENA. “They understand four-wheel drive users and their requirements and have a proven track record of exceptional customer service. Together with these partners, we look forward to providing Grenadier customers with the advice, guidance and support they need.”

The new Grenadier has already been unveiled, promising block style and off-road capability similar to existing favourites such as the previous generation Land Rover Defender and Mercedes-Benz G-Class . Priced at just under £50,000, the newcomer will be available to order from May, although the first dealers won’t open until next month. Potential customers will be able to find their nearest Grenadier shop via an interactive map on the dedicated Grenadier website.

Suzuki Jimny returns to the UK as a 4X4 two-seater commercial avatar

  • Production of the Suzuki Jimny was previously discontinued in the UK due to stricter emissions standards.
  • A commercial version of the Suzuki Jimny was introduced in Europe last year.

The Suzuki Jimny has returned to the UK more than a year after it was withdrawn from production in the country due to stricter emissions standards. In its new avatar, the Suzuki Jimny is a lightweight commercial vehicle with just two front seats instead of four in its passenger car version.

The rear seats have been removed to turn the iconic 4X4 SUV into a commercial vehicle.

From the outside, the Jimny commercial vehicle looks identical to a conventional passenger SUV.

The Suzuki Jimny SUV was reintroduced in Europe last year as an N1 commercial vehicle. The Jimny had previously been withdrawn from production due to failure to meet stricter CO2 emission standards.

In terms of specifications, the Jimny commercial released for UK markets is similar to what other countries in Europe are getting. From the outside, the cargo version of the Suzuki Jimny looks the same as the passenger car version. However, the standard rear multiple seat now gives way to cargo space, which is 33 litres more than that of the passenger model with the rear seat folded down.

The Jimny two-door cargo SUV measures 3,645 mm long, 1,645 mm wide and 1,720 mm high. It has the same wheelbase as its passenger car version, with 210mm of ground clearance. The cargo variant of the Jimny will be offered with a payload capacity of 150kg and a total cargo volume of 863 litres.

The SUV in the cargo avatar will be powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder supercharged petrol engine. Combined with a five-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive system, the engine is capable of producing 101bhp of power and 130Nm of maximum torque. The cargo variant of the Jimny will reach a top speed of around 145 km/h.

According to the Japanese automaker, the Jimny SUV in the commercial version will be offered to customers with the same standard equipment previously offered in the passenger car version. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, a full-size spare wheel and a touchscreen infotainment system compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


Subaru to create a new sub-brand for SUVs

The Japanese brand will have a sub-brand Wilderness, which will produce significantly modified versions of conventional models.

Subaru Company intends to create a new sub-brand, under which the Japanese intend to produce the most extreme versions of their models, prepared for off-road.

The new sub-brand will be called Wilderness, which can be translated from English as “wilderness” or “deadwood. Cars in the new lineup will differ from standard cars both externally and technically.

The first representative of the Wilderness family will be a Subaru Outback station wagon, which was spotted during winter tests in early 2021. The car will receive an upgraded suspension with increased ground clearance, off-road tires, as well as additional protective elements of the body.
The engine will not be changed. In the USA, Subaru Outback is available with a 2.4-liter “turbo four” producing 264 hp and 375 Nm of torque, variator and all-wheel drive.

The Subaru Outback Wilderness is expected to premiere before mid-summer 2021. The second representative of the new sub-brand will be an upgraded version of the Forester crossover.


Toyota has postponed the premiere date of the new Land Cruiser 300

The SUV was originally set to be released on May 31 or June 1.
Japanese automaker Toyota has published a teaser announcing the release date of the next generation Land Cruiser. The presentation will air live on the brand’s official YouTube channel on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 19:00 UTC.

The fresh video is only six seconds long, but the brand will likely release a few more videos before the premiere. By today we know that the SUV will move to TNGA-F architecture, with no eight-cylinder engines. Buyers will be offered a 3.5-liter turbocharged petrol V6 with 409 hp and 650 Nm, as well as a diesel 3.3-liter “six” with 302 hp and 700 Nm. In both cases, the transmission is a ten-speed automatic gearbox.

The new “Cruiser” will become lighter due to the use of aluminum. A 15-liter smaller fuel tank (the new units are more economical) will contribute to “losing weight”. Judging by the numerous spy shots, the exterior design is evolutionary, and not revolutionary. In GR Sport version the length of the car will make 4965 mm, and the most expensive modification will be 20 mm longer. The latter will also be distinguished by an abundance of chrome, oversized wheels, the presence of several touchscreens in the cabin and an advanced audio system JBL with 14 speakers.
A four-zone climate control, a camera under the floor and KDSS – electronically controlled system of kinetic stabilization of the suspension are declared for the model. However, it seems that this option will not be available for all Cruisers.


Jim Ratcliffe, project creator and owner of Ineos, said that the coronovirus pandemic has affected not only people’s lives, but also his plans to produce the classic LAND ROVER DEFENDER SUV under the Ineos Grenadier brand. The Ineos Grenadier was originally scheduled to go into production this year, 2021. But due to coronavirus restrictions and the pandemic, it became clear that the first production car would not appear until the third quarter of 2022. All because of the postponement of field testing of the new SUV. According to plans to release the first production model, scheduled for July 2022.

Along with this statement Ratcliffe told about the last stage of off-road tests of the car. The first phase of testing is taking place around the Schöckl Mountain in Austria. This is near the Magna Steyr headquarters.
Magna Steyr is an Austrian company, the technical partner of Ineos Grenadier.
It is also planned another stage of testing, which will involve more than a hundred prototypes, to be exact 132 prototypes that will run a total of almost two million kilometers in the most severe off-road conditions? That is, each instance must pass more than 15000 km, that is the mileage used between full maintenance of the car. Before testing in Austria, the Grenadier was tested in the Swedish polar region. And after the Austrian phase, testing in the deserts of the Middle East and the final stage in the U.S. Valley of Death, the Mojave Desert in California (USA), where the temperature record for the Western Hemisphere is set. In 1913, the temperature was +56.7 Celsius.

After the completion of all tests, Ineos will begin production of the first production batch of SUVs. They will be produced at the plant in Hambach, France, where until recently Smart was produced. After Ineos Automotive purchased the plant from Mercedes-Benz. Before buying the Hambach plant, the plan was to assemble a new, old-school SUV in Bridgend.

Ineos Group Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe said: “Hambach has provided us with a unique opportunity that we simply couldn’t pass up – to buy a state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing facility with world-class employees.” Also instrumental in the purchase was the proximity of the facility to Germany, as the engines and gearboxes for the Grenadier are to be supplied by BMW.

The Grenadier project is aimed at people who would still like to buy the classic off-roader of the old-school Land Rover Defender. The vehicle will be powered by the latest generation BMW six-cylinder engines and transmissions.
The cost of the novelty ranges from £35,000 to £60,000.
Back in early 2021, when Ineos announced it was accepting orders for the first batch of SUVs to roll off the assembly line in late 2021, it received more than 20,000 applications for the Ineos Grenadier.

Remember how the Unmanned Range Rover drove down the UK’s toughest road in 2018?

We decided to remember how it was.
An unmanned Range Rover SUV drove on one of Britain’s most challenging roads – a 3.62-kilometer lap on the Coventry Ring Road, the car did without human intervention.
The Coventry Ring Road is considered one of the toughest roads in Britain and challenges even experienced drivers. But now the highway has been conquered by a drone.

A Range Rover Sport crossover under autopilot control drove a full circle, changed lanes independently and maintained the speed limit of 65 km/h without problems. Circle traffic, intersections, pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles did not cause any difficulties for the drone.

The test prototype was built as part of the UK Autodrive project. Engineers developed a then-new version of the autopilot for the car, which was tested on closed landfills before being taken out on public roads in Milton Keynes and Coventry.
Jaguar Land Rover used the standard adaptive cruise control in the drone, which is equipped with production models, and supplemented it with new navigation system sensors, as well as RADAR and LIDAR technologies.

Jaguar Land Rover autonomous vehicle research director Mark Kand said the Coventry Ring Road is very challenging and puts pressure on the driver. Autopilot, on the other hand, can take unnecessary pressure off the person.
Jaguar Land Rover noted that the new technology to improve safety and reduce emissions is built on the interaction of vehicles with each other and road infrastructure.

Ford introduced a new family of Bronco SUVs.

The starting price has already been announced, and orders are open.
Ford has officially unveiled a frame SUV with the familiar name Bronco. Model of the sixth generation, which appeared a quarter of a century after the cessation of production of the fifth generation, debuted immediately in two bodies – classic three-door and new for it five-door (the Americans themselves call these configurations as two and four-door). The younger Bronco Sport was shown at the same time – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Revived Bronco is positioned as an alloy of classical style and the newest engineering developments, focused on fans of outdoor activities and serious lack of roads. According to Ford CEO Jim Farley, the model combines the ruggedness of F-Series pickups, the sporty spirit of the Mustang pony car and a functional design inspired by the original 1965 Bronco.
The default SUV is all-wheel drive with a three-mode transfer case and a 2.72:1 reduction ratio. For an additional fee, it will be offered electromechanical transfer gearbox with On-Demand 4H function and 3.06:1 gear ratio. Other features include Dana axles with differential locks, independent front suspension, advanced stabilization system, seven calibrations of driving electronics to choose from, and off-road cruise control.
The engine lineup includes two familiar EcoBoost petrol units – the 2.3-liter “turbo four” with 274 hp and 420 Nm and 2.7-liter V6 with 315 hp and 542 Nm. They are combined with seven-speed manual or 10-band automatic.
Ford claims the new Bronco is the class leader in ground clearance (29.5 cm), ford depth (up to 85 cm), suspension travel (17% more than nearest competitors) and a number of other parameters. Standard towing lugs in the front and rear, optional power bumpers with a winch, steel protection of the engine, transmission and fuel tank, and 35-inch tires are added to the model’s off-road capabilities. There’s also a 68-kg front fender attachment designed for carrying long loads, such as canoes.
All five-door Bronco models have a four-section removable roof, while three-doors can also have a three-section roof with a fixed panel in the rear. The frameless doors are also removable, as the manufacturer assures us – more easily than the competition. The mirrors remain, as they are fixed at the base of the front pillars.
The dashboard is again inspired by the original Bronco. At the same time, buyers will be offered the latest SYNC4 multimedia system with a 12-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone integration, navigation with preset off-road routes, a special “off-road” version of the all-around vision system and the like.
In total, Americans will be offered seven versions of the Ford Bronco, including extreme Badlands (something like the answer to the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon) and a special First Edition, dedicated to the revival of the model. At the same time, there are ample opportunities for personalization, including – more than two hundred factory accessories. So far, the price has been announced for the Base configuration only – from $29,995. To make an order requires prepayment of $ 100. Production is traditionally set up in Michigan. Deliveries are scheduled to begin next spring.