The first BMW X3 M is coming! Rumors around an M-engineered X3 have been going around for years now, but this week we had the first confirmation. An X3 M prototype was spotted in Germany during a testing trial – typical at this stage of development. Based on these spy shots, the folks at TopSpeed have created a render of the super sporty midsize SUV.
The exterior design of the X3 M is what you’d expect from an M model – beefier bumpers front and rear, larger front air intakes, a quad-exhaust-pipe layout embedded in the rear apron and new side skirts. Typical M wheels with wide tires are also part of the package.
Expect to see the usual M Sports Steering Wheel, carbon fiber and other M bits that will immediately identify the midsize SUV as a member of the Motorsport family. 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.
To compete with the Audi RS Q5 and Mercedes GLC 55 AMG, the X3 M is based on the next generation midsize SUV. The new X3 has grown in size and strives 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.
The X3 M variant is likely to be powered by a 3.0 liter inline-six turbocharged engine delivering close to 500 horsepower.
The G01 X3 will be introduced in 2017, followed late that year or in early 2018 by the X3 M.