Next-generation 2024 BMW X3 spied testing

Fourth-generation BMW X3 will feature hybrid and fully electric powertrains, on sale in 2024

BMW’s new X3 has been spotted testing and we expect it to be the last version of the model to come with an internal-combustion engine. These spy shots are our first look at the latest iteration of the mid-sized premium SUV, but they reveal plenty of key design details. 

Starting at the front of this test car we see a typically large kidney grille design with a lower grille in a similar style to the current X3, which was recently facelifted. The headlights look like they’ll become sleeker however, in line with the new 7 Series and BMW’s updated X7

In profile the wheel arch profile is similar to the current car’s, as does the upswept window line to the rear pillar. Our spy shots show heavy camouflage around the rear lights, which shouldn’t be too far removed from the third-generation’s design. The roof spoiler at the back also looks to have grown. 

The current X3 was recently facelifted so we should see the next-generation car revealed towards the end of 2023, with an on-sale date of 2024. This arrival is an awkward time for BMW as the X3 would just miss out on the introduction of the ‘Neue Klasse’ platform scheduled to launch in 2025. 

It means that the all-electric iX3 (based on the current X3) will stick around well into the next X3’s lifecycle. The new X3 will likely be based on an updated version of BMW’s CLAR platform, which accepts mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure-EV powertrains.  

A mix of four-cylinder petrol engines and six-cylinder petrols with electric assistance are expected to make up the bulk of the range. The current BMW X3 M uses the same 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six motor as the M3, and as we’ll see the adoption of hybrid technology in an M car with the upcoming BMW XM so don’t be too surprised if the X3 M follows suit. 

We haven’t seen inside the next-generation X3 yet, but the infotainment system will surely be based on the latest version of the firm’s OS 8 operating system. It should display on a curved display made up of a 14.9-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen first seen in the iX. 

With the current BMW X3 starting from £45,585, it’s likely the new model will push nearer a £50k entry price tag when we see it go on sale in the UK in 2024, once again taking on premium rivals such as the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC

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