With the current model now in its seventh year, the new X3 is expected to be revealed sometime later this year - though BMW is remaining tight-lipped as to when its all-new crossover will make its debut.
The company says the icy surfaces of frozen lakes and remote roads of the region allow it to fine-tune stability and traction control systems, along with the xDrive all-wheel drive system.
Additionally, BMW says cold-weather testing contributes to the development of the vehicle as a whole, considering the exposure to extreme weather conditions.
Up front the large 'double kidney' grille and headlights resemble the X5 - which is also set to be updated soon - while the tail-lights look very similar to the X1 and new 5 Series Touring.
Images of the interior are yet to surface, but it's likely the X3 will take styling cues from newer models like the X1, 5 Series and 7 Series, along with offering the company's latest infotainment and driver assistance systems.
Under the bonnet will likely be a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, in four-, six-, and possibly three-cylinder configurations.
For more details of the new X3, we'll just have to wait until the new SUV is revealed - which is likely to occur later this year.
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