Another model coming back into focus in the second generation BMW X3. Due to be unveiled at the end of this year, the 2011 BMW X3 is looking to regain its status in the premium mid-compact SUV/SAV market. With Audi revealing their Q5 model, it was clear that a new and refreshed X3 is due and a new approach needed to be taken.
The recently launched BMW X1 takes the entry-level spot in the X-models line-up, while the 2011 BMW X3 moves up a notch, both in size and style. With similar dimensions to the first generation BMW X5, the newly redesigned X3 will be aimed at customers looking for a dynamic SAV and United States remains the main market.
The 2011 BMW X3 is built on the next generation 3 Series platform and measures 15.15 feet in length, two inches longer than the current model featuring more rounded design lines and a sleeker look.
The “kicked-up” window line that first saw the daylight in the X3 will be again evident and it will be seen as an X3 characteristic, a design element that will be associated with the model. As illustrated in this rendering also, it will have a roof line slightly lower than the current mode, giving the car a sportier look.
Under the hood is already clear that efficiency will play a big role, thanks to the EfficientDynamics program. Sources close to the Bavarian automaker state that the new BMW X3 will bring lower fuel consumption numbers that its competing models from Stuttgart and Ingolstadt. A wide range of engines will be available, from four cylinder petrol and diesels to the more powerful six-cylinder turbos. The entry level models are expected to be the xDrive18d and xDrive23d, while at the top, the xDrive35i will take the crown.
A hybrid version based of the new X3 is also on BMW’s agenda.
The 2011 BMW X3 will continue to offer an all-wheel drive system and it is unknown at the moment if an optional rear-wheel drive, as in the X1 line-up, will be offered at the launch.
2011 BMW X3 is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in the Spring of next year.