This is the new, third-gen BMW X3
BMW is all set to unveil the brand-new, third-generation X3 on June 26, but as is the case with most modern-day unveils, the Good People of the Internet have taken it upon themselves to pull the covers off a little early. And so, here we are with the new X3, a couple of days ahead of its official debut.Codenamed 'G01', this new X3 is succeeding the over-seven-years-old Gen 2 car. Based on the new Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, it weighs about 55 kilos less than its predecessor. In terms of design, there's nothing surprising here -- it looks exactly how you'd expect a BMW SUV to look; more in line with the X5, now. You get bigger, adaptive LED headlamps, an even bigger kidney grille, new bumpers, gills on the front fenders, full-LED tail-lights and 21-inch M light alloys on the M40i, the car pictured here.Oh yes, the M40i. As the name suggests, this variant has received some attention from the mischievous gentlemen at BMW M, but it isn't a full-blown M car. Even so, it will be the hottest petrol X3 we've seen in a while -- with its 3.0-litre, turbocharged inline-six, the M40i produces 355bhp and 500Nm of torque. That's enough to bless it with a top speed of 250kph, and take it from 0-100kph in just 4.8 seconds.Of course, BMW hasn't forgotten the bread-and-butter offerings\: abroad, there will be 20i and 30i models, with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol in different states of tune, the xDrive20d (2.0L, 4cyl, 188bhp, 400Nm) and the xDrive30d (3.0L, 6cyl, 255bhp, 560Nm); all of them marginally more efficient and environment-friendly than before. All-wheel drive will be standard, along with an eight-speed automatic. A plug-in hybrid version is in the works, but that's still some time away.Apart from the usual posse of safety systems and a completely redone interior, the new X3 will also feature semi-autonomous driving capabilities -- similar to what we've seen in the new 5-Series -- and a special inclusion in the optional equipment list\: an e-bicycle. Called the BMW e-bike, it's a mountain bike with the battery and the motor integrated into the frame, and it even has three ride modes\\!For India, we expect BMW to retain the xDrive20d and xDrive30d models, and we won't be surprised to see the M40i eventually make its way here. Given that the Mercedes-Benz GLC is currently running away with it, and with the arrival of the new Audi Q5 looming, BMW could launch the new X3 in India at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo.Do you like what you see, dotcommers?