BMW Is Already Working On A New X3

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The current X3 was recently updated but BMW is already hard at work on the next one.

The BMW X3 is one of the German brand's staples. It doesn't rock the boat in any great way but is consistently accomplished, which is why BMW sells thousands of them in America every month. Following a substantial facelift for the 2022 model year, the next-generation X3 has been spied undergoing testing. We saw it last month, and now a fresh batch of spy shots have been shared by our eagle-eyed photographers in Munich. This particular example is the base model, which isn't a surprise since the cheaper versions are usually developed prior to high-performance M variants.

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Much like previous spy shots, the new X3 - seen here clad in camouflage - appears to sport an evolutionary design. The kidney grille has a slightly wider, less vertical shape but is refreshingly sanely sized in comparison to the design of other SUVs like the electric iX and three-row X7. The lower intake is split in the middle, almost mimicking the larger grille above it. This particular X3 is wearing different wheels from the one pictured last month, and it also does without the rounded tailpipes seen previously. Other than this, the two test vehicles appear largely similar. The headlights are more clearly visible than the taillights and have shades of the new X1 about them.

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The fourth-generation X3's technical specifications remain unknown at this point, but we expect everything from mild hybrids to a fully electric version. At some point, BMW's classic inline-six will be consigned to the history books, but hopefully, it will live on in the new X3 for a while longer. While the current iX3 - the electric version of the X3 - isn't sold in the United States, it's doubtful that this will remain the case with the next-gen model considering the increasing rate of EV adoption. We haven't seen the next-gen X3's interior yet but it would be welcome if it borrowed some of the iX's design flair from behind the wheel.

The new X3 will go up against the Audi Q5; apparently, Audi will build only one more generation of the Q5 before that goes fully electric. The new X3 will likely only be revealed in 2024 at the earliest.

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