Early reports rumoured BMW could be looking at producing a BMW X3 M (similar to the X5 M philosophy), but before the company releases such a car it has unveiled details of the upcoming BMW X3 M Sport package.
This vehicle is your usual BMW X3 but it is garnished with all kinds of driver-focused gear from M Division. Things like a smaller, BMW Motorsport steering wheel, BMW Motorsport seating and interior with racy trimmings and plenty of 'M' logos.
M Division also fits a bespoke and much more aggressive body kit package including new single-piece front and rear bumper bars, puffed wheel arches which accommodate BMW M lightweight 19 inch alloy wheels, and side skirts. The car also sits with a more sturdy presence thanks to BMW Motorsport suspension.
It's not quite a BMW X3 M but it's almost there and it's a sporty option that sets it apart from the rest of the range. Although it is obviously more road-oriented with this package most consumers will not be hindered by the reduced heavy off-road capabilities as the road-going performance will more than make up for it.
The new 2011 BMW X3 M Sport will be unveiled in the flesh at the Paris Motor Show in a couple of weeks and then go on sale in Europe in January 2011. BMW Australia has said the new 2011 BMW X3 range is scheduled to go on sale before June 2011, so expect an Australian release of the M Sport shortly after.