New colors, lights, and wheels are in the cards.
Late last year, we got the good news that the new BMW X3 would not have the massive kidney grilles that have plagued the styling of so many recent Bimmers. We're glad to hear that because the M version of this SUV is one of our favorite vehicles and one that we'd hate to have something negative to say about. While we've been getting the occasional spy shot of the X3 M, we haven't been given a clear indication of what its new look will really be like, but that has now changed thanks to a leak by BMW Spain, which accidentally released an advertisement for the new X3.
The accidental leak has since been taken down, but of course, not before someone saved the image. So what do we have here? Well, the most obvious new arrival is that stunning green paint, a shade that seems very earthy and elegant but will probably be one of the car's pricey and optional Individual choices. We also see a new variation of wheel design, and new headlights that appear more rounded yet more complex. The taillights are also considerably darker, and it seems that the kidney grilles, which seem connected to each other, will be positioned above a wider lower grille with a bit of M styling to it.
While not visible, it's likely that the rear of the X3 LCI will get a redesigned faux diffuser and possibly new exhaust tips. As for the cabin, we obviously can't see inside, but we've heard that it may feature BMW's latest iteration of iDrive.
However, with BMW confirming that the iX and i4 will be the first to get the new infotainment system called iDrive 8, it seems more likely that the X3's facelift will retain BMW Operating System 7 - and that's not a bad thing either. Whatever the truth for the X3 is, BMW has been pretty bad at containing leaks in the past, so we'll probably have more information for you very soon.