The third-generation BMW X3 is due out in 2017. Built under the codename G01, the 2017 BMW X3 is currently being tested in Northern Europe and we have the first spy photos.
The third generation X3 will follow the design lines of the F15 BMW X5 and F16 BMW X6, so this translates to the headlights transition into the kidney grille, a more upright “nose” and round squared shapes that give the car a more muscular look. Judging by the spy shots, the G01 X3 sports a more muscular body with a lower roofline, giving the new X3 a sportier look. The front design was adjusted due to the new pedestrian safety regulations and now sits a little straighter than before.
At the rear part of the car we’ve noticed that the rear window of the boot is sitting in a flat angle compared to the current model.
The proportions of the G01 X3 are expected to remain the same.
BMW will develop the X3 on a new, flexible modular system – this offers more interior space and a redesigned seating system also ensures higher variability and greater comfort.
The new 2017 BMW X3 retains the one-piece tailgate. Additional to the soft automated opening of the tailgate, the new X3 will also include gestured controlled closing of the same tailgate.
While it remains with only two rows of seats, the rear seats can be adjusted for height, length and backrest angle. The roller cover disappears when not in use in a recess in the boot floor. The built-available panoramic roof has a much larger opening, a double vent position (front / rear) and a second deflector as a protective measure against back winds.
Insiders are predicting two new high-performance models, the 360-hp BMW X3 M40i courtesy of the M Performance division and the 422-hp BMW X3 M, which will feature a version of the twin-turbo inline-6 found in the latest BMW M3/M4.
A plug-in hybrid, as the one seen in the BMW X5, will be offered as well, producing 240 hp and 95 hp from the electric motor.
A wide range of featured and options offered for the BMW X5 will also make their way into the redesigned G01 X3, including adaptive LED headlights.