BMW will add a new crossover to its M lineup. Joining the X5 M and X6 M is an all-new BMW X3 M which, we have just learned, will go into production in 2018. The X3 M carries the F97 internal designation and our sources say the front-end of the X3 M 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 F97 X3 M 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 X3 M also gets a more muscular look with flared whee larches, wider fenders and a lower stance. The rear-end will deliver the M signature quad tailpipes integrated into a redesigned and sporty bumper.
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.
BMW is also looking at the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 which aims to deliver over 500 horsepower to all four wheels. Under the hood, the X3 M comes with the S55 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine found in the M3 and M4. The power output is rumored to be between 450 and 500 horsepower.