With the style-driven BMW X4 coming along in development, it looks like some of the forthcoming crossover's design could trickle over to its utilitarian sibling, the X3. Captured in these spy shots, it appears that the 2015 BMW X3 is preparing for a minor facelift, and from what we can tell, the biggest change will center on the CUV's headlights.

There is plenty of camouflage on the front and rear fascias to suggest updates will occur there, too, but we can definitely tell that the X3 will be getting LED-equipped headlights – at least as an option, anyway. The halos are slightly different from the current offering and there is also an LED strip above the headlights used as turn signal indicators. Another interesting thing we notice in these pictures is the nub at the bottom of the grille (also visible in recent X4 spy shots). While this could be some sort of test sensor for this prototype, it could also be a front-mounted camera for a possible parking assist system.

We don't expect any changes to the powertrain and we're not sure what updates could be in store for the interior, but we're guessing that that the 2015 X3 will debut shortly after the X4 goes on sale next year.

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      I am always baffled when I see a BMW version of these things. If you want a crossover to go to the mall or take your skis to the mountain, why pay the extra for the BMW label? Could it possibly be the label and the perceived prestige? Why not buy a CR-V or equivalent for a lot less money and be done with it?
      George Ciobanu
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like how they've hidden the logo on the hood, like we don't know that's a BMW.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing BMW puts out these day's is looking good :( I've owned 2 BMW's, a 2008 335i and 2012 M3.. What they did to the new 3/4 series is just horrible imo and they continue that trend with their SUV's.. Just can't see myself owning a BMW for a long time as they are going down a dark path of horrible looking cars.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still ugly.
      • 1 Year Ago
      ugly. no. Fugly.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice Hyundai.
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW is bent over with its head so deep in its arse, it can't see what a joke it has become.
        • 1 Year Ago
        on the contrary, it's the BMW buyers who have become a joke. BMW is laughing all the way to bank.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think some guy put these on as a protective film on his car and now everyone thinks it is a new car being tested.
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW has gotten really brazen with all these "leaked" photos
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      I've always found the biggest design flaw of the current X3 to be the headlights, looks like this facelift will mimic the new X5... Which is a good thing. Going to be a handsome, reasonably sized SAV...
      • 1 Year Ago
      i guess with the rate of new cars, you have to keep em fresh
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