With less than three months away before its world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show, next generation BMW X3 prototypes have been spotted once again during a test drive session.
Seven years after its debut, the newly redesigned X3 hopes to conquer again the premium compact Sports Activity Vehicle market. The new model will be aimed at customers looking for a dynamic SAV, and the U.S. market remains the main target.
For the first time, spy photos of the interior design have been posted today by MotorAuthority. While the images could be clearer, we’ll take what we can get for now. As expected, the new interior design is a step up from the current model and it will be similar to the one in the new X1. Judging by the image below, the AC control buttons resembles the one seen in the E9x 3 Series models.
To successfully compete in its market, the new 2011 BMW X3 is rumored to feature some of the gadgets seen in higher-end models: Night Vision System, Head-Up Display and seats with ventilation.
On the outside, nothing new is being shown in these new spies, the funky camouflage still covers the design lines, but we expect to see more within the next few weeks.The overall dimmensions have been increased and the new X3 will move up in the BMW lineup making room for the recently launched BMW X1.
The future X3 is moving its production from the Magna factories in Graz, Austria, to the U.S soil at the Spartanburg plant, a move that will reduce some of the manufacturing costs.
Engine offerings are similar to the ones found in the X1 and 3 Series models. Several four cylinder diesel choices, mostly for the European market, and of course, six cylinder turbo engines for the U.S. A new hybrid model is also rumored to be launched sometimes in the near future.
First 2011 BMW X3 models will start to appear in your local dealerships in the second half of next year.[Photos by MotorAuthority ]