The 2017 BMW X3 has been spied testing in Germany with its production body.
Compared to previous mules and prototypes, the BMW X3 appears to have come further in development now that the German automaker is no longer using a mule for testing purposes. The latest spy photos reveal the styling changes that BMW will have for the third-generation X3, which is expected to ride on the upcoming CLAR platform that will be shared with future models including the next 3 Series. The new platform will help the X3 shed up to 220 pounds compared to the current model.
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Expect a wide range of powerplants for the next-generation X3, including four- and six-cylinder engines in gasoline and diesel variants as well as hybrid models. To help enhance fuel economy, BMW will use a new ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission, while a six-speed manual (North American availability not yet confirmed) will also be available as an option on the four-cylinder mills. Performance enthusiasts can look forward to a BMW X3 xDrive40i M Performance model that is rumored to be powered by the brand’s 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine.
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