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Trevor Collett | Jul, 12 2014 | 1 Comment

BMW will reportedly add plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and ‘M’ editions to its X3 SUV range when the next-generation model arrives in 2017.

According to Germany’s Auto Bild, the 2017 X3 will be available with a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 183kW, attached to an electric engine making 71kW.

The new PHEV model will feature a combined peak output of 224kW and 700Nm, and should also boast an electric-only range of around 50km with an official fuel figure around 3.8 l/100km.

Also reportedly on-board for 2017 is a new X3 M40i variant, powered by a 3.0 litre twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine making 269kW.

For 2018, the X3 could also be available as the ‘X3 M’ with power coming from the current M3 and M4’s six-cylinder power plant; good for 318kW.

That same year should also see the next-generation X4 join the BMW stables, with engine options virtually identical to the X3.

2015 BMW X4
2015 BMW X4

The 2017 X3 is also said to feature a more spacious interior, using newly-designed seats that offer greater visibility and comfort.

Elsewhere, the new X3 will reportedly feature a new tailgate that responds to foot gestures under the rear bumper, adaptive headlights from Yamaha, and new front styling aimed at improving pedestrian safety.

The updated-for-2014 BMW X3 range only just arrived in Australia, with prices starting from $60,900 plus on-roads.

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