2017 BMW X3 Spied With Less Camouflage, Crossover Ready To Debut New Mean Look

Nov 11, 2016 05:00 AM EST | Mariechris Felipe

The 2017 BMW X3 has been spied again but now with less camouflage allowing people a glimpse of its more muscular and less curvaceous look. Earlier this year, the sportier variant of the car, the X3 M was also spied testing. The new X3 will likely make its debut late this year or early in 2017 followed by the X3 M in a few months.

As anticipate Aesthetically, the new BMW X3 has an image meaner than ever. Thanks to several modifications it will ensure that the SUV German has a more modern look. It will be in the line of the latest releases we've seen in the BMW X family having a more dynamic and slicker with a touch of masculinity. It has some of the X5's current styling features, such as its front fender and taillight treatments. The spy photo also allow us a small glimpse of the interior and it seems like a free-standing tablet-style infotainment screen, and a high-resolution screen framed by the speedometer and tachometer bezels will be available.

But the most important change of the 2017 BMW X3 lies inside. It will sit on the automaker’s new CLAR (cluster architecture) platform. By using this architecture, the new generation will be leaner and more efficient as this new platform mixes high-strength steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber to cut poundage. It is expected that the X3 will reduce its weight up to 100 kg over the current model as reported by Caradvice

Turning on mechanical, not much information is available but it is reported that the engine range will consist of blocks three and four cylinders both diesel and gasoline. Rear-wheel drive will come standard but can also opt for all - wheel drive xDrive optionally. In addition, it will have entered a plug -in hybrid variant with a 100% electric range of 50 kilometers.

And for lovers of sportsmanship and performance, there will indeed be a BMW X3 M with an even more aggressive and sporty look. Under its hood, a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder with a power up to 500 hp engine is expected and is set to compete with models like the Audi Q5 RS or Mercedes-AMG GLC 63.

Knowing that the current X3 model debut last 2010 and BMW has this tight adherence to seven-year model cycles, the new X3 may probably debut before the year ends and be up for dealerships early 2017. They need to release this new-gen fast as recent sale figures, according to Car Buzz, saw them plunge from number one to number three, behind Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC-Class.

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