To compete with the Audi RS Q5 and Mercedes GLC 55 AMG, BMW is allegedly planning an X3 M based on the next generation midsize SUV. The true M variant would be powered by a 3.0 liter inline-six turbocharged engine delivering close to 500 horsepower.
The G01 X3 will be introduced before the end of 2017 and it’s currently being tested in the Northern parts of Europe.
With the new X1 being larger in size, the new X3 will also grow and strive for a more powerful appearance. Compared to the current model, the 2017 X3 is expected but slim down almost 100 kilograms, thanks to a new rear-wheel drive platform and lightweight materials.
Sources say the front-end present itself flatter, yet beefier than the current model and with a new set of LED headlights. A character line runs from the front wheel arch on both door handles to the rear lights, which – are finally running used full LED technology.
The X3 M – if it comes to market – will sport the typical M design, with an aggressive front fascia including a sculpted bumper and large air curtains, along with flared wheel arches and a lower stance.
The driving dynamics and exterior design have always been a selling point for the X3 family, but the interior somewhat lacked that premium feel many customers requested. BMW seems to have learned a lesson here and the new X3 is likely to be not only technologically advanced, but also more luxurious.
Just like virtually all the other BMW models of the recent past, the third generation of the BMW X3 features a detached infotainment display, which is carried out – most likely – just like the new 7 Series with a touchscreen. The instrument cluster of the X3 prototypes present a partly digital display.
Overall it can be said that the interior of the BMW X3 G01 is significantly more premium than the current model.[Source: Focus]