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BMW confirms new X3 to launch on June 26th


BMW has confirmed that the production version of its third generation X3 will officially debut at its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant in the United States on June 26th.

Reportedly set to carry the G01 internal designation, the newcomer, which will also be build in South Africa as a replacement for the 3-series, will make use of the same CLAR platform as the 5-and 7-series, resulting in a substantial weight drop of some 100 kg compared to the current F25.

In addition to being longer than its soon-to-be predecessor, the G01 will also feature a roomier interior and bigger boot, with in-car tech and driver assistance systems expected to be sharpened up significantly.

Power will meantime come from a range of revised petrol and diesel engines, as well as a plug-in hybrid likely to use the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol / electric motor setup as the 330e, 740e and X5 xDrive 40e. The highlight will however be the inclusion of an M40i performance model rumoured to produce 268 kW, and a full-on X3 M expected to use the same engine as the M3/M4 with as much as 294 kW on tap.

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