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2017 BMW X3 M, ‘M40i’ and hybrid planned – report

July 9, 2014

BMW is reportedly working on a range of M performance variants for the next-gen X3 small SUV, including an X3 ‘M40i’ and a fully fledged X3 M.

2014 BMW X3

According to an Autobild report in Germany, the 2017 model will come with a variety of turbo four- and six-cylinder engines like the current lineup, including diesel versions, as well as a new M40i using a 3.0-litre turbo six producing around 265kW.

For those who want more, an X3 M is also said to be in the works, featuring an iteration of the new M3 3.0-litre turbo engine producing around 310kW. This would make it the most powerful SUV in its class.

Like all M models, the X3 M is likely to come with sports suspension and brakes, and a subtle interior overhaul with enhanced seats and sporty instrument dials. The exterior would also be tweaked, with large alloy wheels and a discreet bodykit.

To top off the new range, a plug-in hybrid is also on the cards. Details are yet to be officially confirmed, however, the German publication says it will use the company’s 180kW 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder paired with a 70kW electric motor.

It’s expected to be quite quick, developing a combined output of around 220kW and as much as 700Nm thanks to the electric motor. Acceleration from 0-100km/h could be achieved in under 6.0 seconds, with an average consumption of just 3.8L/100km.

BMW is yet to announce the full details, but it is set to arrive some time in 2017.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.