New BMW X3 M: latest details and spy shots

New BMW X3 M: latest details and spy shots

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Hot variant of BMW's new mid-sized X3 SUV likely to come with M3 power when it arrives in 2018

BMW is gearing up for the embark upon of a new version of its mid-sized X3 SUV, but our spy photographers have also spotted a budding performance model – likely called the X3 M – testing at the Nurburgring.

The third epoch X3 will slot into a rapidly expanding X-string of BMW SUVs, rivalling the Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan when it arrives halfway by way of 2017, with a smaller X2 and a full-largeness seven seat X7 also on the way.

• New 2017 BMW X3 spy shots and info

The introduction of the X2 means the X3 thinks no longer be the entry level bellwether of the X-tier, and as such, sources at BMW have confirmed to Auto Utter that a hot M Performance X3 model thinks happen, as it has done with the larger X5 M.

The new X3 isn’t expected to change too dramatically in terms of how it looks, but the X3 M ought to countenance out. The development mule wears heavy masking but our shots insinuation at an aggressive looking BMW SUV, with sculpted and extended bumpers, and extended side skirts. 

It looks crop and more purposeful than the spy shots we’ve seen of the commonplace X3. The front bumper is riddled with air inlets, and exceeding the rear window sits a new rear spoiler. 

In terms of accomplishment, you can expect the X3 M to be a Porsche Macan Turbo contest. As such we’re expecting the 425bhp 3.0-litre associate-turbo straight six from the M3 to be lifted out and wedged included the X3 M’s bonnet. The new lightweight CLAR architecture underpinning the next X3 means it should be considerably lighter than the old beau id too. 

Underneath the X3 M, a tamer X3 M40i model could appear considering the appearance of the X4 M40i earlier this year. All the same the new X3 should be on the road in the UK before the end of 2017, we don’t count the X3 M model going on sale until 2018.

X3 diesel M Acting

Alongside the X3 M, we’ve been told not to conve out a new diesel powered M Performance vehicle, correspond to vein to the current X3-based Alpina XD3. A de-tuned interpretation of the 3.0-litre tri-turbodiesel V6 found in the M50d – the X5’s carrying out diesel variant – would be a likely powerplant for this car.  

Is making a hot adaptation of the X3 a good idea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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