Updated BMW X3 M first came out on tests

Updated BMW X3 M first came out on tests

October 21, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

BMW hasn’t confirmed a debut date for the refreshed X3 M, but that won’t happen until next year, after the standard model premieres. With the restyling, the upcoming sporty crossover BMW X3 M won’t get a grille as large as the BMW M3.

After the new BMW 4 Series, M3 and M4 models with massive grilles surfaced, it was a relief to see BMW testing prototypes of the refreshed X3 and X4 M with regular-sized grilles. After spotting a “regular” X3 with a refreshed design earlier this month, spy cameras are the first to spot the spy camera’s more “sporty” brother, the X3 M, undergoing testing, and also with a small grille.

The Nürburgring-prepared X3 M prototype is covered with camouflage front and rear to mask design details. However, the photographs show that the grille has slightly larger “nostrils” located closer to each other. The front bumper will likely have revised air intakes while the rear bumper will receive minor changes. Like the recently redesigned 5-Series, the restyled X3 M will get narrower headlights and redesigned DRLs.

At the rear, restyling of the taillights with new graphics is expected, as well as a larger diffuser between the tailpipes. Photo spies haven’t been able to capture the interior, but there’s a good chance the refreshed X3 M will get a larger infotainment screen and a new gear lever.

The X3 M is expected to continue to be powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six twin turbocharged engine producing 473 hp. and 600 Nm of torque in the “standard” version, and a power of 503 hp. and 600 Nm in the more powerful Competition variant. It’s the same block that sits under the hood of the new M3 and M4, so the refreshed X3 M is unlikely to receive a power boost.