More spy pictures of the BMW X3 testing at Germany’s Nurburgring have emerged.
The pictures clearly show that the car has similar proportions to a Range Rover Sport, although sources say it will be slightly smaller, and that it is far bulkier than the current X3.
The new X1 will in effect replace the current X3, allowing the next-generation model to move up a segment.
The pictures also show that the controversial and slightly awkward “flame surfacing” styling of the old X3 has gone, replaced with more conservative bodywork.
The car, codenamed F25, is understood to be retaining largely road car mechanicals instead of heavy-duty SUV hardware, with the focus on driving dynamics.
BMW has always been serious about making its SUVs handle like the rest of the range on asphalt and these shots show how much emphasis is being put on roadholding.
The next 3-series is lending its architecture to the X3, which will only be available with four-wheel drive. Its wheelbase will be around 2900mm.