BMW has announced first details of its new X3 SUV Freelander-chasing model – heralded by the xActivity concept late last year – which will be launched at the Frankfurt motor show in September and go on sale in the UK next May. Initially to be offered with 195 bhp 2.5- and 231bhp three-litre petrol and 204bhp diesel straight sixes, the X3 will come later with a 170bhp 2.2-litre six and two-litre 143bhp petrol and 150bhp turbodiesel four cylinder motors. Six-speed manual gearboxes are standard with all engines with five-speed automatic optional.