The new and second generation BMW X3 continues its testing trials on U.S. soil, this time in the beautiful sunny California. As we are approaching the official unveiling at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the test mules are shedding off some of their camouflage showing us what BMW has prepared for the second generation X3.
Built on the next generation 3 Series platform, the F25 BMW X3 will grow in size, similar to the first generation X5. With the introduction of the BMW X1, the 2011 BMW X3 moves up a notch and becomes the middle-level Sports Activity Vehicle in the BMW line-up. The recently unveiled BMW X1 is 4.5 inches (114 mm) shorter, 2.2 inches (55 mm) narrower and 5.1 inches (130 mm) lower than the current X3.
Compared to the other spy photos, the overall stance is lower and the rear-end area shows a high shoulder giving the car a more massive look. The headlights design shape angles away from the grille and extend well into the front side skirts. Will the new X3 have an unique headlights design or will it inherit any cues from the X1?
The new model will have more interior room an cargo space. We also learned in the past that the new X3 will have all the whistles and bells available on other models, such as the Night Vision System, Head-Up Display, Adaptive Headlights or seats with ventilation. The interior design will receive a well deserved upgrade, fixing one of the complaints that many X3 owners had.
While the X1′s engine line-up is all about fuel efficiency and four cylinder engines, the 2011 BMW X3 will include both the gasoline and diesel six cylinder engines. In Europe, the new X3 will be offered with a choice of four cylinder engines and rumor mill says that a hybrid engine is being considered as well.
The 2011 BMW X3 will have its official premiere at the Detroit Auto Show next year.