Next year BMW will unveil their third generation of the X3 midsize SUV, but in the meantime, the engineers in Munich headed to Nurburgring for the usual high-speed testing. A prototype was spotted last week doing hot laps on the legendary track giving us a closer look at the proportions of the new X3.
When it arrives in 2017, the G01 BMW X3 will bring an updated design language along with a new platform which will make the compact SUV sportier and more attractive to buyers.
The G01 X3 seen here features more aggressive and sporty lines around the front fascia, more angular shapes and a new design of the headlights which are close in form and shape to the new M2 . Our sources say the front design was adjusted due to the new pedestrian safety regulations and now sits a little straighter than before. The rear quarter features a slightly lower roofline than the current model and a one-piece tailgate.
BMW’s new rear-wheel drive flexible modular system will offer increased interior space and a redesigned seating system to ensure higher variability and greater comfort.
Thanks to the use of lightweight materials, the G01 X3 will be about 100 kg lighter than the F25 X3, which will translate into better driving dynamics and more efficient driving.
For the first time, BMW will offer an extended wheelbase for the X3, likely catering to markets like China.