New BMW X3 to be unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show

BMW X3 | May 28th, 2009 by 11

Hot off the press: if nothing unexpected will occur in the next few months, the next and second generation BMW X3 will launch at the …

Hot off the press: if nothing unexpected will occur in the next few months, the next and second generation BMW X3 will launch at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2010. In a way, we expected the new X3 to launch first at U.S. auto show and Detroit is definitely the best choice.  The official press release and marketing materials will be unveiled to public sometimes in December of this year.

The new X3 is already one of the most awaited new BMW models since many people believe a design refresh is absolutey needed, especially since the Audi Q5 is starting to look more and more appealing to all the consumers looking to purchase a smaller Sports Activity Vehicle.


We’ve said it many times before, but we’ll continue to remind you: the upcoming BMW X1 will move into the X3’s market segment and implicitly the second generation X3 will increase its size.

The rumor around this new model is that it will follow the X5’s design lines, more round corners and sportier look and it will have similar size as the first generation X5. The smaller SAV will measure 4.65 meters long, 1.85 meters wide and 1.68 meter tall, offering a more spacious cabin and cargo space. A refined and vastly improved interior design is also expected since many BMW owners saw the current interior design as a shortcoming.

Two petrol engines will be offered, along with four diesel choices, but at this time, it is unknown which powerplants will be used. The “usual suspects” are considered, but BMW might have a few surprises for us as well.

Update: Confirmed by a second source, Scott27 from

  • AlexD

    Actually I read it first posted by Scott26/27 directly on two other sites and you just copied it. Maybee you should give Scott some credit as the source instead of making bogus claims that you do

  • Horatiu B.

    or maybe we got this from a different source that was finally allowed to tell us when it launches. If you look at our track record you might notice that we always cite the source when we have it.

  • guido

    no it’s fine.

  • guido

    No it is fine.
    T. Will start the marketing in August. He’s scouting Giza ,Egypt and Marrakesh, Morocco. About the time when we will start to see the first FEP prototypes.

    • Horatiu B.

      Thanks for the confirmation Guido, sorry we didn’t give you credit earlier, just found out that you posted the same :) So August then we should see more of the X3…I still wonder how much it will resemble the X5..

  • ron

    I think the new x3-2010 should have dual exhaust system on the twin turbo 306 hp engine that will be very nice,like the 335i series

    • Horatiu B.

      It might actually get that, it would make sense

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  • X3 Next Generation

    What happened to the unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. So far there has been no mention of the next generation BMW X3.

    • ron

      that’s the game bmw play’s with people’s mind in the waiting game,they should just
      bring it out and let us see the real thing.

  • David

    What happened to the unveiling of the much needed BMW X3. I am anxious to see it as I am thinking of purchasing an Audi Q5