According to a recent report, BMW will introduce a new X3 in 2017.

Details are limited but Autobild is reporting the model will ride on a modular platform and feature a more accommodating interior with improved seats. The platform will also be used on the next-generation X4 which is expected to arrive as early as July 2018.

Engine options will reportedly include the usual four- and six-cylinder units but we can expect their outputs to be increased by at least 15 PS (11 kW).

There's also word of an X3 M40i that could use a twin-turbo inline six with 360 PS (264 kW). If that's not powerful enough, the company is also slated to offer an X3 M with 422 PS (310 kW).

Last but not least, we can expect a plug-in hybrid system that has a 245 PS (180 kW) 2.0-liter petrol engine and a 95 PS (69 kW) electric motor. This will reportedly enable the model to produce a combined maximum output of 300 PS (220 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. More importantly, the model is expected to average 3.8 L/100km (61.9 mpg US /74.3 mpg UK) and have an electric only range of 50 km (31 miles).

Gallery: 2017 BMW X3 to have M40i & X3 M variants - report

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