Our friend Palbay is back on duty and it brings new, fresh photos of the upcoming 2011 BMW X3. Due to launch January 2010 at the Detroit Motor Show, the second generation X3 has been completely redesigned. The overall body style is more massive and larger than the current X3 and it will emulate the dimensions of the first BMW X5.
Moving up in size, the new 2011 X3 will become BMW’s mid-size SAV, the entry-level title will be attributed to the upcoming BMW X1. Even though we don’t have a front-end shot this time, from what we’ve seen in the prior spy photos the front-end becomes more aggressive in the second generation X3. The front-air takes and a sportier bumper come to confirm this.
The roof line is is slightly lower than the current X3 and the “squarish” corners will be more refined and…..rounded, giving the car a sportier look. The new 2011 BMW X3 is designed to be a more dynamic and performance oriented Sports Activity Vehicle, an idea happily embraced by the BMW fans.
We expect in the next few weeks to see X3 test mules being driven around sporting less camouflage, so we will form a better idea of what BMW has really designed for us.
No spy photos of the interior design have been published so far, but based on what we leaned in the past from our sources, many design elements and options found in the X1 will be available in the new X3 as well.
The new X3 production line has moved to Spartanburg where it will be built along the other SAV/SAC models: X5 and X6.
Engine wise, gasoline and diesel engines are definitely in, so far sources confirmed two gasoline powerplants being offered together with four diesel engines. If the X5 will follow the X6 Hybrid with a version of its own, we expect to see a hybrid model in the X3 line-up as well.
The main target for the new X3 is once again the American market, therefore the plans to launch the product at Detroit Auto Show, still stand.[Source: LeftLaneNews ]