Next BMW X3 Could Add M Edition, Plug-in Hybrid
The global CUV market is heating up, and BMW – not looking to fall behind in the luxury segment – has an all-new X3 in development to take the fight to Audi and Mercedes-Benz. According to Germany’s Auto Bild, the upcoming third-generation X3 will debut BMW’s new modular platform, which will eventually find its way underneath BMW’s range of small and midsized crossovers. But don’t think of this as a ‘one size fits all’ approach, the new platform will cut a significant amount of weight from the current X3, all while adding interior space and improving handling.
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With weight loss comes added power…potentially lots of it. Sources hint that a high-performance X3 M could headline the vehicle launch, sporting the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six from the current M3 and M4, tuned to produce in the region of 425-horsepower.
Accompanying the powerful six-cylinder will be a host of four-cylinder gas and diesel variants, including a new BMW X3 plug-in hybrid. Packing in a 2.0-liter gas engine and a small electric motor, the plug-in X3 will send approximately 300-horsepower to all four wheels through an automatic gearbox.
On full charge of the lithium-ion battery pack, an estimated 31 miles of electric-only driving will be possible. That all sounds enticing but don’t send in your orders just yet. We expect the redesigned X3 to appear in late 2016.
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