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New BMW X3 digitally rendered

New BMW X3 digitally rendered
Sagar Bhanushali Sagar Bhanushali Thursday 28 April 2016, 15:59 PM

The new BMW X3has been digitally rendered, ahead of its official launch sometime next year. The popular mid-size SUV is due for sale globally by the middle of next year.

The new X3 will compete with the Audi Q5, the Mercedes GLC and among more recent rivals – the Porsche Macan. The latter has stepped up the game considerably, especially when it comes to the on-road dynamics. Naturally, BMW is making sure its new X3 lives up to the brand’s performance-oriented heritage.

As seen in the image, the new X3 is likely to retain most of BMW’s traditional design cues such as the vertically stacked kidney grille, the double barrel LED headlamps and a hefty looking bumper. The window line, too, will more or less be the same. Mechanically, the new X3 will make use of a lighter, rear-wheel drive platform that will also underpin the new 5 Series which is due next year.

Under the hood, the X3 will use a new family of 3-litre and 2-litre engines in both petrol and diesel form. Additionally, BMW would even offer 1.5-litre 3-cylinder units for heavier plug-in hybrid models. What’s more, there will finally be a high-performance M-developed model that will source drivetrain bits from the M3 sports sedan.

There is still sometime for the next-gen X3 to come to life. When launched, the SUV will be positioned between the X1 and the X5 and will compete against the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

Source: AutoExpress

 

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