According to a report by Autobild, BMW is apparently getting ready to introduce its next generation BMW X3 in 2017, together with a plug-in hybrid variant and an X3 M for the following model year.
Refreshed engine line-upAlthough details are limited at this stage, the report alleges the next generation BMW X3 will ride on a modular platform and feature a more accommodating interior with improved seats. Engine options are expected to include four- and six-cylinder engines which have been reworked to deliver an extra 11 kW.
The platform will supposedly be used on the next-generation X4 which is expected to arrive in 2018.
The plug-in hybrid system is said to have a 2.0-litre petrol engine delivering 180 kW and a 69 kW electric motor, allowing the model to produce a combined output of 220 kW and 700 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is expected to average at 3.8-litres/100 km and have an electric range of only 50 km.
BMW is also expected to build an X3 M edition to be powered by the same engine fitted in the recently launched M3 and M4 models. In addition to that model, BMW will add an X3 M40i variant said to pack a 264 kW twin-turbo inline six unit.
The company is yet to confirm the speculated details of the next generation BMW X3, so stay tuned for any new details.