With a launch date set for Detroit Auto Show in January 2010, BMW continues the testing of its second generation X3. This latest test mule was spotted at the famous Nurburgring track in Germany and continues to feature the now famous BMW psychedelic camouflage. The 2011 X3 test mule is still in the pre Final Evaluation Phase, but as we enter the Fall season, we expect it to drop some of the camo tape.
Not many new details are revealed in these new shots, but we will recap what we know so far. The new 2011 BMW X3 platform is largely derived from the next generation 3 Series. The X3 will be the first model the preview this platform and it will showcase some design elements that will be shared across the BMW family.
The overall design of the new X3 is sleeker and more dynamic than the first generation mid-size SAV and it will be marketed as a performance oriented Sports Activity Vehicle. The roof line is slightly lower than the current X3 and the corners are more refined and rounded.
Since it will grow size, the 2011 X3 will make room for the recently unveiled BMW X1 as an entry level in the BMW X-family. The new X3 will have similar dimensions as the first generation X5, implicitly offering more cabin and cargo space.
The interior design will evolve as well and it is expected to share some design cues from the X1 as well.
The 2011 BMW X3 will be offered with a wide range of powerplants. So far we confirmed that two petrol and four diesel engines will be offered, but we do expect to see more powerplants in Europe.
The new, redesigned X3 will be built at the Spartanburg Plant in South Carolina, along with the BMW X5 and X6.
[Source: Worldcarfans ]