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BMW is hard at work developing the next-generation BMW X3 (codenamed G01), and as we can see from several sightings of the SUV, it will benefit from improved exterior styling. With this latest batch of spyshots obtained from our spy photographers, we now have a first look at the probable interior changes as well.

Based on the shot of the prototype X3’s cabin, the German carmaker has replaced the previous F25’s dashboard with a brand-new one. The iDrive screen is no longer encased within the dash, and is now a larger, free-standing unit instead. The air-con vents have been reshaped to be larger as well, while new climate control switchgear is seen beneath the coverings.

For the driver, the new steering wheel appears to resemble the one found on the G11 7 Series. On the centre console, the gear selector adopts a matte black design instead of the current F25’s silver surface. The iDrive dial also gets a matte black top rather than a glossy black one. More interestingly, the instrument cluster appears to be a half-analogue, half-digital unit, similar to what we saw on the upcoming G30 5 Series.

On the exterior, there is still a considerable amount of camo seen on this prototype, similar to previous G01 test mules we posted. The all-new X3 appears to drop its “box” look in favour of more curves. A new kidney grille, reshaped A-pillars and a sloping roofline are noticeable changes here.

The G01 X3 will be underpinned by the same modular rear-wheel drive platform used on the G11 BMW 7 Series – called Cluster Architecture (CLAR). This translates to a lighter vehicle, thanks to the platform’s usage of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).

Power options will include BMW’s TwinPower Turbo petrol and diesel engines, while transmission pairings will possibly see a six-speed manual and an eight-speed auto gearbox, with two- and four-wheel drive options. A plug-in hybrid and high-performance M variant could also be on the cards as well.

GALLERY: G01 BMW X3 M prototype

GALLERY: G01 BMW X3 prototype