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Not exactly a spyshot debut, this piece. However, this particular batch of pictures that our European spy photographers have managed to get a hold on do show the next-generation G01 BMW X3 undergoing tests with its production body – previous sightings show a more heavily-camouflaged prototype.

Main changes this time round include a more exposed front bumper, side sills and a rear bumper that looks like it actually fits onto said prototype. Up front, we get a closer look at the signature kidney grille and what looks to be a production-ready headlight assembly. Elsewhere, twin exhaust outlets appear to poke out from beneath the aforementioned rear bumper.

Unfortunately, the taillights themselves are still very much pre-production units so we’ll reserve our final judgement on the car’s rump for another time. Under the skin, the G01 BMW X3 is expected to ride atop the 35up rear-wheel drive modular platform – the same platform that underpins the G11 BMW 7 Series. As a result, the new X3 should weigh a lot less than the outgoing model with savings of up to 100 kg touted.

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Under the bonnet, the G01 BMW X3 should arrive powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines. On the petrol side, expect a turbocharged 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine – the same one in the BMW 318i – to kick start the range. As for the oil burners, reports are indicating that the X3 could have a turbocharged 2.0 litre inline-four unit as well as a larger blown 3.0 litre inline-six mill.

A plug-in hybrid model is also in the pipeline. Said model is reported to feature an electric motor producing 90 hp, which when coupled to a turbocharged four-cylinder engine should put out roughly 330 hp. A 50 km all-electric range has been touted, as well. Expect the G01 BMW X3 to debut at the end of 2016.