When we first saw BMW’s camouflaged next gen X3s on the road, we were almost convinced that they were test mules based on a cobbled-together pieces from the current model, but we’re not so sure any more.
To visualize what we mean, we compiled a set of photos with the latest X3 tester we caught on the ‘Ring this week and which depicts an M version of the series, and the current (non-M) facelifted X3.
If you examine the cars in the pictures in an Audi fashion, dissecting each and every detail, you’ll come to realize that they’re extremely close in design having way more similarities than differences, with the latter mostly concentrated on the front where the newer X3 has a more upright fascia with an even bigger grille, and a cleaner hood design. Another difference, which may seem trivial at first, but could point to the car being an actual prototype of the production model, is the A-pillar / Roof / Windshield designs.
We’ll let you give your two cents on whether it’s a test mule or if BMW has caught Audi’s progressive-design bug in the comments, but before we do, allow us a few words on what’s behind the camo of this car.
This tester of the G01-codenamed X3 appears to be for the high-performance, full-blown X3 M model that would provide BMW with a competitor against Mercedes’ upcoming GLC 63 AMG and Porsche’s higher-end Macans. Munich’s interpretation of a smaller and more affordable X5M could receive up to 425 horses from the M3 and M4’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder paired to a dual-clutch transmission and a rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system. An introduction for the next X3 is planned for 2017.
Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops