The next-generation BMW X3 has been spied again, giving us a look at what appears to be the production-spec headlights.

    This is the first time X3 prototypes have been spied with production headlights, which feature a new LED daytime running light signature. However, they appear to be still be wearing prototype tail lights.

    Both spied prototypes have red brake calipers and quad exhaust outlets, suggesting they are more powerful M40 or M50 variants.

    Two prototypes were photographed reportedly heading for BMW headquarters in Germany.

    According to BimmerPost user ynguldyn – known for compiling leaks from within BMW – the next X3 will continue to offer petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

    This will reportedly include carryover turbocharged four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

    There reportedly won’t be an electric iX3 version in the next generation, with the current car to be replaced by a new SUV on the dedicated electric Neue Klasse architecture.

    It’s likely the new X3 will continue to be based on a version of BMW’s rear- and all-wheel drive CLAR architecture.

    BMW has updated the cabin layout, adding its BMW Curved Display featuring a digital instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system running iDrive 8, situated in the same wraparound assembly.

    The German carmaker confirmed it will begin production of the new X3 sometime in 2024. Ynguldyn reports production will begin in August 2024.

    The company has confirmed it will begin production of the next X3 in plug-in hybrid guise at its Rosslyn, South Africa plant in 2024, and vehicles produced there will be exported to global markets.

    BMW has invested 4.2 billion rand (AU$336 million) to convert its Plant Rosslyn to produce the electrified model.

    Last year, the X3 was BMW’s best selling car in Australia. Its 4546 sales saw it comfortably ahead of the X5 (3111) and 3 Series (2818).

    It also came second in the medium SUV over $60,000 segment behind the Tesla Model Y (8717), but ahead of its arch-rival, the Mercedes-Benz GLC (4325).

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    Jade Credentino

    Jade Credentino is an automotive journalist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Jade has had a chance to review a variety of vehicles and particularly enjoys SUVs. She enjoys traveling and going on road trips exploring Australia.

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