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When it arrives in 2017, the G01 BMW X3 will bring a new design language that will eventually be implemented across the BMW family. The car is said to be penned by a talented designer who has other cars in production already, so we expect to see a handsome SUV with premium features and a sportier ride – considering the platform is built on.
The new, rear-wheel drive flexible modular system offers more interior space and a redesigned seating system also ensures higher variability and greater comfort. Sources say the G01 X3 is about 100 kg lighter than the F25 X3.
These renderings by AutoBild illustrate a muscular X3 with aggressive lines on the front fascia, more angular shapes and a new design of the headlights. This X3 features sleeker lights which end in a 3D shaped chrome outer edge of the kidneys. The lower fascia features large and sporty air intakes, similar to what the M2 brings to the market. Overall, the front design was adjusted due to the new pedestrian safety regulations and now sits a little straighter than before.
The G01 X3 sports a more aggressive body with a slightly lower roofline and it will retain the one-piece tailgate.
The driving dynamics and exterior design have always been a selling point for the X3 family, but the interior somewhat lacked that premium feel many customers requested. BMW seems to have learned a lesson here and the new X3 is likely to be not only technologically advanced, but also more luxurious.
Just like virtually all the other BMW models of the recent past, the third generation of the BMW X3 features a detached infotainment display, which is carried out – most likely – just like the new 7 Series with a touchscreen. The instrument cluster of the X3 prototypes present a partly digital display.
Overall it can be said that the interior of the BMW X3 G01 is significantly more premium than the current model. This claim is also underlined by the expanded range of assistance and intelligent systems – such as the cross-traffic detection and the ability of semi-autonomous driving.
Premium features, advanced telematics and safety features, along with a new design, are poised to make the G01 X3 another big seller for the Bavarians.