The upcoming 2021 BMW X3 facelift has leaked, ahead of its full unveiling expected in the next two months.
A sole image published on the homepage of BMW's Spanish website appears to show the updated X3 free of camouflage, with changes visible in the low-resolution view shown including taller front-side air intakes, slimmer LED headlights, revised kidney grilles, and a subtly-tweaked tail-light signature.
Blue M-branded brake calipers and an M badge on the front quarter confirm we're looking at an M Sport package-equipped model – with the large alloy wheels (similar in design to the current X3 M40i) and what appears to be a studded bronze grille pattern suggest this could be the sub-flagship M40i performance model.
If so, it's expected the outgoing M40i's 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six petrol engine will carry over in Australia, sending 285kW and 500Nm to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Above: The leaked image, with the brightness increased in Photoshop to make the X3's updated styling elements a little clearer.
European models could gain a retune from 265kW to 275kW, along with a fuel-saving mild-hybrid system, though that's yet to be confirmed.
Little else is known about the facelifted X3, however it's widely speculated the interior will benefit from revised materials and a restyled automatic gear selector, given the mid-size SUV already gained BMW's latest infotainment software as part of a running update in April 2020.
The 2021 BMW X3 facelift (or LCI, short for Life Cycle Impulse) should be unveiled in the coming months, with reputable BMW insider and BimmerPost forum member ynguldyn claiming production will commence in August 2021.