Next BMW X3 M Will Not Receive a Gasoline Engine

2022 BMW iX3

The new BMW X3 will hit the market closer to the mid-decade. Prototypes of the G45-codenamed model have been spotted during road tests. The upcoming X3 retains the CLAR platform, but a high-performance M version is a completely different story.

The BMW X3 M’s new iteration will be fully electric, according to BMW Blog. The current X3 M with an in-line six-cylinder engine will be the last gasoline-powered.

The crossover’s electric M version is expected to sit on a new (Neue Klasse) electric architecture which debuts in 2025.

The BMW iX3 M will be supposedly more powerful than the current X3 M, surpassing the Competition version that packs 503 hp and 443 pound-feet (600 Nm) of torque. BMW engineers are working on hardware with a capability of over 1300 horsepower.

The iX3 M should hit the market in 2026 or 2027. The BMW iX4 (the successor of the X4) from the same Neue Klasse lineup should be put into production in November 2026.

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