Listen to those tires squeal. The upcoming crossover looks quite adept on the famous track.
The next-generation BMW X3 is still under development at the Nürburgring, and a new video gives us another look at the upcoming luxury crossover while it gets a high-speed workout on the famous track and cruises around the surrounding roads. This doesn’t appear to be the M version of the new model, but the CUV still looks quite nimble on the circuit.
Copious spy photos, videos, and renderings indicate that the next-gen X3 evolves the look from the current model. The headlights likely take a cue from the latest 5 Series and now blend into the kidney grilles. A gently sloping roof gives the CUV a svelte look, and dual exhausts poke out the rear. Inside, expect an available digital instrument cluster and the iDrive sitting in a freestanding position on the dashboard.
Mechanically, the new X3 moves to a new platform that should shed over 45 kilograms (100 pounds) and perhaps as much as 100 kilograms (220 pounds). Lower trim models likely use the brand’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, and the X3 M40i should have a turbo 3.0-litre inline six with around 355 horsepower.
Previous spy shots from the ‘Ring also indicate that the X3 M is under development simultaneously with the standard version. The high-performance features a lower front fascia, larger intakes, and more aggressive side skirts that communicate that this version has something special under the hood. Power is reportedly as high as 500 hp.
BMW will also have an option for customers that want to go green because a fully electric version of the X3 will join the lineup in 2018. Details remain scant about the EV, but the powertrain could offer as much as 302 hp.
Standard versions of the X3 should debut in the latter half of 2017. The M would arrive a few months later, so that the more powerful version doesn't overshadow the volume-selling models.