Way back in November 2016, our insiders were able to catch a glimpse of the next-gen BMW X3 test mule. Looking a lot like a 3-Series on stilts, the heavily camouflaged crossover features an evolutionary design while maintaining its unique profile.
Now, the automaker has officially released the first images of the all-new X3. While still wearing camouflage, BMW decided to tone down the livery to show off key portions of the all-new crossover. Compared to our previous spy shots, the X3 shown here features the production body, as well as the correct headlights and taillights.
It still carries the familiar shape but one will notice that the new X3 now has bigger dual kidney grills and a new set of headlights. The taillights, on the other hand, now look similar to current design used in their sedans. There also appears to be a kink on the third row window while the rear bumper and tailgate look to be new as well.
As for updated tech, BMW said they were able to tweak the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) on the next-gen X3 to react quicker. It is expected that the next-gen X3 will be underpinned by the brand's new CLAR platform, which will result in possibly shedding around 100 kg of weight compared to the previous model.
Exact engine lineup of the new X3 has yet to be detailed but it is highly likely that it will be available with gasoline- and diesel-power TwinPower Turbo engines. A hybrid version is also likely in the cards, as well as an M variant.