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We’ve already seen multiple spyshots of the next-generation BMW X3 (codenamed G01). However, this new batch of spyshots reveal what could potentially be the upcoming SUV in M guise. When it arrives, it will go up against the likes of the Porsche Macan Turbo as well as the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63.

Main indicators that this could be the new X3 M include the new front fascia that feature larger intakes, as well as larger wheels, tyres and brakes. BMW has even attempted to disguise the M’s signature quad-exhaust tips as dual tips as well.

Still wearing a significant amount of camo, the prototype seen here sports off-matching wheels in two different designs. Similar to earlier test mules, the next-gen X3 appears less box-like compared to the current F25 model. There is also a slightly larger kidney grille, more angled A-pillars and a sloping roofline here as well.

These design changes are thanks to Calvin Luk, who is the exterior designer for the F48 BMW X1. Seeing how BMW’s Australian designer did an impressive job at improving the X1’s looks, the X3 certainly appears to be in good hands when it comes to its design.

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The X3 will be underpinned by the same modular rear-wheel drive platform used on the G11 BMW 7 Series – called Cluster Architecture (CLAR). Expect significant amounts of weight saving thanks to the platform’s usage of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), plus improved interior space as well.

As for power, the X3 M could likely receive the same engine fitted to the M3/M4 – a 3.0 litre turbocharged inline-six, with output ranging between the 400 to 500 hp mark. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system and seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission should be available to the X3 M as well.

However, don’t expect the X3 M to debut anytime soon, as it’ll have to wait for the reveal of the next-gen X3 first. If the reveal of the X4 M40i is any indication, the X3 M could be joined by another variant positioned just below it as well.


GALLERY: G01 BMW X3 prototype