With less than three months left before the first official photos will hit our inbox, the next and second generation BMW X3 continues to be in the center of attention. First Final Evaluation Phase photos were spotted last week by the fearless spy photographers.
Today, AutoWeek magazine publishes their latest rendering of the premium mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle. As portrayed in this rendering as well, the 2011 BMW X3 has grown in size, 15.15 feet in length. The redesigned/reinvented X3 is built on the next generation 3 Series platform and features a more rounded design lines and a sleeker look.
Since the X1 is the new entry-level model in the X family, the 2011 X3 will move up a notch, both in size and style with similar dimensions to the first generation BMW X5.
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. It will also have will have a roof line slightly lower than the current mode, giving the car a sportier look.
The newly redesigned X3 will be aimed at customers looking for a dynamic SAV and United States remains the main market.
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.
The new BMW X3 will be introduced in late 2010 with sales beginning in 2011.[Source: AutoWeek via GermanCarForum – Klier]