The upcoming G01 BMW X3 has been spotted before, along with sightings of its interior, and here it can be seen with most of its camouflage removed. Here, the two test mules can be seen wearing the popular M Sport kit with the three-intake front bumper, with wheel and tyre combinations similar between the two, down to the blue brake calipers spotted.

Where they differ is at the back; while both vehicles have twin exhaust outlets, the white X3 has rounded tips, and the dark blue SUV (or SAV, in BMW-speak) sports trapezoidal items – different trim options? Time will tell. Meanwhile, the upcoming X3 will spawn an X3 M model, which is expected to use the 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged inline-six cylinder petrol engine from the M3/M4, with output projected to be between 400 hp to 500 hp in X3 M guise.


As before, the marque’s range of TwinPower Turbo petrol and diesel engines are expected to be included in the future X3’s line-up, with the standard transmission pairing with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearboxes. It isn’t all fossil fuel-burning fury for the X3, of course – a fully electric X3 is on the cards for the end of the decade, though that is expected to make its debut only after the G01 X3 receives its mid-lifecycle update.

The G01 X3 is expected to use the modular, rear-wheel-drive Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform which underpins the G11 7 Series, and which will also form the basis for future models including the successor to the current 3 Series.

GALLERY: G01 BMW X3 M prototype