The BMW X3 compact luxury crossover is scheduled for a redesign soon, and our spy photographers recently caught a prototype out testing. Though the visual overhaul doesn’t look revolutionary compared to the current model, the next-generation X3 is expected to move to a new modular platform, which will result in significant weight loss.
The overall shape of this camouflaged BMW X3 is remarkably similar to the current model, with BMW’s kidney grille up front, a gently curved roofline, and a relatively upright rear hatch. The new X3, which carries the codename G01, does look a bit lower and wider than the outgoing F25-generation X3. We can’t see many details through the camouflage, but look for the new X3 to use more modern-looking LED lights front and back like those seen on the new BMW 7 Series.
As we detailed last year, the next BMW X3 will move to a new modular platform called “35up,” which will help the crossover lose around 200 pounds. This architecture, which is also said to afford more space inside, will also underpin the next BMW 3 Series. More efficient versions of the 2.0-liter turbo-four and 3.0-liter turbo-six gasoline engines should be under the hood, with diesel and plug-in hybrid options likely as well. There’s even a possible X3 M performance variant in the cards with a version of the 425-hp twin-turbo six-cylinder from the BMW M3.
Look for the redesigned BMW X3 to make its debut sometime next year as a 2017 model. Until then, check out the spy photos in the gallery below.