The third generation of BMW’s X3 SUV isn’t far from its debut. We have already ...
The third generation of BMW’s X3 SUV isn’t far from its debut. We have already seen spy shots depicting a number of prototypes, including some for the high-performance X3 M model, but now BMW has released its own photos of the redesigned X3 taken during the winter testing near the Arctic Circle.
The testers are wearing the least bit of camouflage we have seen yet and reveal the design very similar to the one on the latest BMW X1. The design is more muscular than on past generations and a size also looks to be up slightly.
BMW says it’s just completed a final round of winter testing for this generation of the X3. Part of the testing is to ensure a car operates as normal even during the extreme cold temperatures.
However, at this late stage, the engineers are more focused on fine-tuning dynamic behavior of the car on the extensive ice surfaces of frozen lakes found near the Arctic Circle in the winter.
These frozen lakes serve as proving grounds on which steering, and suspension and drive characteristics can be tested and various setups compared against one another.
Specific components tested include all-wheel-drive system as well as the stability and the traction control systems.
The redesigned X3 is expected to make its debut later this year, as the 2018 model.
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