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New BMW iX3 2021 leaked! Tesla Model Y-fighting electric SUV confirmed for Australia

This is the new iX3 before you were meant to see it. (Image credit: scott26.official)

BMW is the latest carmaker to be subject to a leak, with images of its upcoming all-electric SUV, the iX3, released online earlier than expected.

Better yet, BMW Australia has finally confirmed its plans for the iX3, with a spokesperson telling CarsGuide it will launch locally next year.

Published by Instagram account scott26.official, the images show the production and concept versions of the iX3 aren’t too far removed from one another.

In fact, the grille and lower bumper inserts are the only differences up front, while it’s a similar story with the rear bumper, which now has a large non-body-colour section.

Even the aerodynamic alloy wheels look the same, albeit tweaked, while no images of the cabin have been released yet. Safe to say, it be will similar in design to that of the internal-combustion X3.

The rear bumper now has a large non-body-colour section. (Image credit: scott26.official) The rear bumper now has a large non-body-colour section. (Image credit: scott26.official)

As reported, the iX3 will ride on BMW’s CLAR platform, which supports both all-electric powertrains and internal-combustion engines.

The iX3 will be available with a single-motor set-up with 210kW of power and 400Nm of torque sent exclusively to its rear axle.

This configuration will be matched to an underfloor 74kWh battery that will provide more than 440km of driving range (WLTP).

That said, it is possible BMW will introduce a dual-motor set-up with higher outputs and all-wheel drive at minimum in the future.

Either way, the mid-size iX3 will rival the yet-to-be-launched Tesla Model Y and recently released Mercedes-Benz EQC upon its Australian release.

The iX3’s official reveal is expected to take place soon, while local pricing and specification will be released closer to its launch.