The current BMW X3 turns six next summer, so it’s no surprise that BMW’s engineers are hard at work perfecting its replacement. We expect the fourth-generation X3 to arrive during 2023 or early 2024 as a 2024MY car.
The development cars pictured here at the Nürburgring – a regular X3 and a hot X3M – might be covered in BMW’s usual squiggly camouflage wrap, but we can still make out plenty of details that give us an idea of what’s in store for us down the line.
We can easily make out, for instance, the new flush-fit door handles, the rising window line familiar from the new XM, and the shape of the headlights. Those lamp units are traditional one-piece items, BMW reserving its new split-lamp arrangements for its luxury line of cars like the 7-Series and X7.
It’s also possible to see the shape of the kidney grille, which …