The third-generation BMW X3 has a deep-seated connection with Australia that most people won’t realise. It’s bold new look is the handy work of Aussie designer and all-round nice guy Calvin Luk, who also penned the current X1 and 1 Series facelift.
Luk is a BMW fanboy from way back – from the very moment his parents bought an E36, and it’s been that way ever since. He’s also one of the youngest designers ever hired by the company, but he’s already achieved something of a career milestone when he penned the fabulous Z4 Concept, unveiled at Pebble Beach this year.
More impressive, still, he also won the right to design the production version of the new Z4 – a lifelong dream and something we’re told will remain true to the Concept. We’ll find out for ourselves in late 2018, when the car is likely to hit the streets.
Luk’s brief for the all-new X3 was simple; give it more character, more sportiness and more tech, without alienating the primary female buyer group – so far, responsible for more than 1.5 million sales globally. In Australia, it’s currently sitting on the number three spot on the SUV sales podium, behind the X5 and X1.