A sporty new version of the BMW X3 looks set to arrive in late 2017, possibly wearing an M40i badge. New spy shots, courtesy of Auto Evolution, show a prototype X3 undergoing testing at the famous Nurburgring race circuit. Here’s what we know so far…
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New BMW X3 and X3 M – styling
The X3 M40i prototype features a more aggressive exterior design with bolder styling to give it a more imposing and sportier look. It also boasts four large exhaust pipes either side of the rear bumper and vast new air intakes at the front.
This new car is expected to be larger than the outgoing model and should, as a result, offer improved leg and headroom for passengers and a noticeably more spacious boot.
New BMW X3 – interior
The interior will take inspiration from the latest 7 Series saloon and should boast a less cluttered dashboard and new high-quality materials. The outgoing X3 falls slightly behind its rivals in terms of cabin design and material quality – this new model will be both plusher and better equipped to bring it in line with the likes of the Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5.
Sporty M40i models will probably feature numerous carbon fibre and chrome accents, plentiful M badging, sports seats and added tech to help set it apart from the standard car.
New BMW X3 – engines and driving
This high-performance X3 M40i is expected to come fitted with a 3.0-litre turbocharged engine, similar to the one fitted to the rapid M2 saloon. This unit will be mated to a four-wheel-drive system and should produce between 360 and 370hp.
The new X3 will be available with a largely unchanged selection of engines that’ll all be tweaked to offer improved performance and efficiency. A plug-in hybrid system, similar to the one found in the X5, may also be offered.
New BMW X3 price and release date
The new X3 and X3 M40i are expected to go on sale in August 2017. The base model will probably cost from around £33,000 while prices will climb to around £50,000 for range-topping M models.
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New BMW X3 and X3 M40i price, specs and release date (updated April 2016)
We’ve already seen pictures of the new BMW X3 undergoing cold-weather testing but these images from BMW Blog are our first look at the high performance X3 M model, due for release in 2018. Read on for full details about this rapid yet practical SUV.
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This X3 M prototype sports a significantly more aggressive bodykit than the standard car. The lower front bumper with three large air intakes and distinctive ‘kidney’ grilles can be clearly seen, despite the layer of camouflage wrapping. A set of lower side skirts appears to have been fitted and this prototype rides on large alloy wheels with low-profile tyres – features usually associated with high performance cars.
The rear bodywork appears to be mostly unchanged from earlier prototypes but the exhaust system appears to have received significant upgrades – now boasting four tips instead of two. Like other BMWs, it might make use of a sound generator to enhance the sportiness of the engine noise.
Reports suggest the new X3 and high performance X3 M will see a jump in interior quality over the current models. Sporty features inspired by BMW’s current sports car lineup, such as carbon fibre detailing and M badging, will almost certainly see service in the new X3 M. The infotainment system fitted to the latest 7 Series could also make an appearance in the new car.
The X3 M will most likely be powered by a similar 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, turbocharged engine to the M3 and M4. Rival SUVs such as the Porsche Macan Turbo S and Jaguar F-Pace are available with as much as 395 and 375hp respectively so we expect the X3 M to come with a comparably powerful engine.
No official dates have been announced but it’s been reported that the regular BMW X3 will go on sale in 2017. The X3 M could go on sale the following year after an official motor show launch.
New BMW X3 price, specs and release date (updated April 2016)
With crossovers and SUVs accounting for a growing section of the new car market, BMW will increase pressure on its rivals with the launch of an all-new X3 SUV. It’ll compete with the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC along with lower-spec versions of the Porsche Macan.
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New BMW X3 styling
Early disguised test mules in photos courtesy of autoevolution suggest the new model will be longer than the outgoing car. The extra length will be added both between the wheelbase and behind the back axle, to the benefit of passenger accommodation and boot space.
The new model shouldn’t differ drastically from the look of the old model – which continues to be a sales success. Minor detail tweaks, like the inclusion of LED technology featuring heavily in both the front and rear lighting, should freshen up the styling but, overall, expect evolutionary changes rather than revolutionary ones.
New BMW X3 interior
The current X3’s interior has started to slip behind some of its closest rivals. The Mercedes GLC arguably uses more luxurious materials and features a more attractive layout while the upcoming replacement for the Audi Q5 should be equally well appointed. The new X3 looks likely to take a little inspiration from the latest 7 Series so expect a cleaner, more gadget-laden cabin.
With the increase in dimensions, we expect the X3 to be roomier than before – especially for rear seat passengers. The current model offers a generous 550-litre load bay but the combination of the longer body and taller roofline should enable the new car to improve on this figure.
New BMW X3 driving and engines
The new X3 will ride on a new platform which is more closely related to the current X5 than it is the outgoing X3. The new chassis is both stronger and lighter than before, which will result in improved refinement and efficiency. The X3 is already one of the best handling SUVs on the market, and these improvements should raise its game further.
It’s expected to keep the majority of the current car’s engine lineup, albeit with tweaks to improve performance and efficiency. A range of four and six-cylinder diesel engines currently make up the UK range, the most popular of which is the xDrive20d – a 2.0-litre unit which achieves a claimed 54.3mpg.
A detuned version of this powerplant previously powered the sDrive18d. This more frugal rear-wheel drive alternative was quietly dropped from the X3 range in 2015 but looks set to make a comeback in the replacement.
A plug-in hybrid variant might also feature for the first time in the X3 range. Sharing the setup found in the X5, a four-cylinder petrol engine will be paired with an electric motor to deliver a combined output of around 300hp and a near-100mpg claimed fuel economy.
Performance fans will get an alternative to the Audi SQ5 and Porsche Macan, in the shape of the X3 M. Power looks set to come from the M3’s 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol, though a high performance diesel hasn’t been ruled out either.
New BMW X3 price
In order to maintain its competitive position against the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC, prices are unlikely to change drastically from the current car. That means entry-level models should cost around £33,000. Should the X3 M make production, expect a price within range of the Porsche Macan Turbo’s £60,994.
New BMW X3 release date
BMW has yet to confirm an official release date for the new model, but we predict the new model will be revealed towards of the end of 2016, with sales commencing in 2017.
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