What is the X3?
BMW's compact SUV offering is due for an injection of new life and, reading the tea leaves (or more specifically spy shots), it seems that the X3 is up for some big changes. We don't know, though, if a redesign will come for 2024 or if BMW might hold off until 2025. The X3 also serves as the basis for the sportier X4, and that vehicle is likely to undergo similar changes at the same time.
Spy photos of an X3 prototype show the slightly curved single pane of glass that houses two side-by-side screens that BMW added to the X1 in its recent redesign is likely to make an appearance. That multimedia setup also ditches the centrally mounted iDrive controller, making it touchscreen or bust in a change that we endorse since it's generally easier to navigate these systems via the screen. And if it's running the latest version of iDrive, that means wireless connectivity for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay should come along for the ride as well.
Powertrain changes with a redesign are likely to include some form of electrification as well as a plug-in hybrid model. It's a great candidate for the setup found in the 330e sedan, though this may mean the end of the powerful inline six-cylinder that currently powers M40i models. Expect rear- and all-wheel drive to be available as well for the X3.
We don't see much changing in the way of size for the X3. It still needs to fit neatly in between the X1 and X5, though what is likely to grow given BMW's styling preferences of late is that kidney grille with lots of black plastic surrounding it. Whether you like or don't like this trend is up to you, just be prepared for it to spread across the rest of BMW's lineup and the X3 almost certainly won't be spared.