An image of the refreshed BMW X3 has leaked to the automaker’s Spanish market site to give us an early official look at the crossover. It also suggests that the full reveal could be soon.
The angle makes things a bit difficult to see. The headlights appear to have a more angular shape. The crossover rolls on two-tone wheels with a black inner section and a machined finish at the ends of the double spokes.
While not visible here, spy shots suggest there are minor modifications to the rear as well. The taillights are different and the bumper has a slightly different tread pattern.
BMW updates (or Life Cycle Impulse, as the company refers to these updates) usually have very minor styling changes. It’s no surprise here that there isn’t a major styling overhaul.
Inside, the changes could be more visible. It can adopt bigger screen for infotainment system and run the latest iDrive 8 software, according to BMW Blog.
There is no indication that the updated X3 has any significant powertrain changes. In the United States, the model is already available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, and a hybrid-assist version of the four-piston engine.
Spy plans also indicate that BMW is also working on a styling update for the recently launched iX3 electric crossover. The camouflage indicates that the changes should be fairly minor and be limited to revisions for the nose and tail. We suspect the adjustments are aimed at maintaining a family resemblance between the X3 models.
Ultimately, expect the X3 M to receive a similar refresh as there are spy photos of the vehicle’s development already. Like the other models in the lineup, the changes would likely be largely cosmetic, rather than having significant mechanical upgrades.