Our spy photographers have once again managed to catch a glimpse of the next-generation BMW X3 undergoing real-world tests – this time, the crossover was spotted in a more urban environment, unlike the previous winter scenario.

Unfortunately, the new X3 (codenamed G01), appears to be just as camouflaged as the last time we caught a glimpse of it. In any case, it’s good to see the next-gen model out and soaking up some sun, despite a global debut only expected at the end of 2016.

As mentioned before, the G01 X3 looks to be gunning for a new, more approachable look, somewhat shedding the current F25 X3’s boxier, more upright silhouette, in favour of curvier overall dimensions. The A-pillars look like they have been slanted further backwards, with the roofline dropping gradually as it nears the rear of the car.

The front end is significantly disguised, with only the brand’s signature kidney grille visible, which itself appears more squared-off and enlarged when compared with the current F25 X3.

At the rear, the thick camo and visible circular tail lights are a clever decoy. BMW clearly doesn’t want to give anything away jsut yet, but we wouldn’t be too surprised to find the and familiar “L”-shape rear lamps tucked just underneath, similar in design to what we’ve seen on the latest X1 – which comes to Malaysia this weekend.

Several other reports, including ones from BMWBlog have suggested in the past that the next-gen X3 will maintain its five-seater configuration, leaving the seven-seat responsibilities to the larger X5 or the new 2 Series Gran Tourer MPV.


The X3 is expected to ride on BMW’s latest 35up rear-wheel drive modular platform (used also on the new 7 Series), and is also expected to feature similar engine options available to the current BMW 3 Series LCI, all of which offering slightly more power and efficiency than before.

On top of the roomier cabin the new X3 will most likely offer, the rear seats are believed to offer further flexibilities in switching between better rear passenger accommodation, or more capable cargo carrying capacities.

Other speculations ahead of the G01’s global debut at the end of 2016 surround the possibility of a long wheelbase X3 L, the possibility of a plug-in hybrid variant, and a X3 M40i M Performance version – the latter being especially so, given the recent reveal of the X4 M40i.

BMW X3 (G01) spyshots during winter tests