The cover of latest Autobild features a rendering of the third-generation BMW X3. Due out in 2017, the new X3 is built under the codename G01 and on a 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.
Along with the new platform, the X3 will also introduce a new design language. According to our sources, the X3 will debut new design cues for the brand which will eventually be found in other models as well. The car is said to be penned by a talented designer who has other cars in production already.
The rendering seen here showcases a muscular X3 with aggressive lines on the front fascia, more angular shapes and a new design of the headlights. Moving away from the current language where the headlights meet the kidney grille, this X3 features sleeker lights which end in a 3D shaped chrome outer edge of the kidneys. The lower fascia features large and sporty air intakes, similar to what the M2 brings to the market. Overall, the front design was adjusted due to the new pedestrian safety regulations and now sits a little straighter than before.
The G01 X3 sports a more aggressive body with a slightly lower roofline and it will retain the one-piece tailgate.
For the first time, BMW will offer an extended wheelbase for the X3, likely catering to markets like China.
BMW is likely to debut the new X3 at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.