The third-generation BMW X3 prototypes have now hit the public roads for the usual testing sessions. Usually with two years before their release, BMW test mule move out from private testing facilities and onto public roads where BMW engineers test its drivetrain during tens of thousands of kilometers.
An X3 prototype was spotted earlier this week in southern Germany, but thanks to the great camouflage job, not much has been revealed.
The third-generation BMW X3 is due out in 2017 and it’s under the codename G01 and on the new rear-wheel drive platform. The new, flexible modular system offers more interior space and a redesigned seating system also ensures higher variability and greater comfort. Sources say the G01 X3 is about 100 kg lighter than the F25 X3.
The 2017 X3 will follow the design lines of the F15 BMW X5 and F16 BMW X6, with the headlights transition into the kidney grille, a more upright “nose” and round squared shapes that give the car a muscular look. But our sources say the X3 is the first BMW to showcase the new design language.
The G01 X3 sports a more aggressive body with a slightly lower roofline. The front design was adjusted due to the new pedestrian safety regulations and now sits a little straighter than before.
In the back, the typical L-shaped taillights will carry over from the current generation. 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.
For the first time, BMW will offer an extended wheelbase for the X3, likely catering to markets like China.
BMW will unveil the new X3 in 2017.
Spy photos at WCF.