With the next generation BMW X3 just around the corner, the idea of an X3M model came to focus. While BMW has not officially acknowledged any plans of building an M version of the new X3, sources within the brand mention that BMW might be considering for evaluation an X3 35is model.
The go-ahead decision for an X3M model will be solely based on the success of the new mid-compact premium SAV and the response from its customers. The market demands and integration could also affect this decision, same as it did with the X5M and X6M models revealed last year.
If greenlighted, we believe that an X3M vehicle will most likely be using the powerplant found in the upcoming 1 Series M Coupe, an M-built engine based on N54 twin-turbo.
Rendering artists have already begun speculating on the design of the X3M, and these computer generated images give us a glance on what we could expect to see.
The usual M elements seen on the X5M or X6M are emphasized here as well, more aggressive front-end with large air intakes, wider fenders and of course, the M gills.
With X3 sales beginning later this year, accurate sales numbers and measurement of success won’t be available until late in 2011, therefore we won’t expect a decision to be made before 2012.