We catch the latest round of 2018 X3 test mules out on the Nurburgring. With a tall upright grill and headlights that connect to the grill this looks like a baby X5 in the making.
The new generation X3 (G01) will for the first time spawn an M version in order to compete with the upcoming AMG GLC as well as the upcoming Audi RS Q5 and the Porsche Macan. We already saw BMW benchmarking the X3 prototypes against just the Macan during winter testing.
With X3 production running until 2017 this will be a 2018 model year release. The G30 5 Series sedan will come first near the end of the year and then we should get the G01 X3 details in early 2017.