These images of camouflaged prototypes undergoing cold-weather testing in northern Sweden have not arrived from spy photographers this time – but directly from BMW.
The German automaker seems keen on reminding us the winter has barely left some parts of the world, but we do get the perk of looking at the imagery and bonus video without actually feeling the snow or cold. These cool (yeah, we used it on purpose) photos showcase the all-new X3 doing its testing thing at the Arctic circle. The premium crossover had to withstand temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) in snow-heavy Arjeplog which is probably very close to the home office of Santa Claus since it’s a mere 56 kilometers (35 miles) south of the polar circle.
The Bavarian automaker tested the X3’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) systems and also the xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The depicted prototype has the production body so it’s the final panels as well as lighting clusters we see there. Naturally, the new third generation X3 has an evolutionary design on the outside – which should be matched on the inside as well. But BMW has opted for the very flexible CLAR platform and this means a serious loss of pounds for increased performance and lower fuel consumption.