The crossover is expected to be introduced sometime early next year.

Spy photographers have snapped the first interior pictures of the next-generation BMW X3.

Set to be introduced sometime early next year, the redesigned crossover has a familiar cabin but adopts a digital instrument cluster and a free-standing iDrive display.  Drivers will also find a new three-spoke steering wheel and some revised switchgear.

The exterior is heavily camouflaged but we can see the crossover will have a bold front fascia with large grille that is flanked by new headlights.  The model also has an upward sweeping beltline, a gently sloping roof, and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.

A variety of different petrol and diesel engines will be available including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter inline-six.  Customers can also expect to see a performance-oriented X3 M40i with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 360 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque.  Buyers looking for something more powerful can hold for the all-new X3 M which could have as much as 500 horsepower.

Regardless of which engine is selected, the next-generation X3 will be lighter than its predecessor thanks to the CLAR platform that uses a mix of lightweight materials.  Official figures are still pending but speculation suggests the new X3 could weigh 220 less than the current model.

Gallery: BMW X3 spy photos