Next BMW model to be unveiled in 2010 is the second generation BMW X3. The mid Premium SAV has recently entered the final evaluation phase and several prototypes are being tested on U.S. soil.
While the first generation X3 was assembled in Austria by Magna Steyr automaker, the new F25 model joins the X-family at their Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.
The 2011 BMW X3 runs 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 F25 is moving up in size with dimensions closer 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.
While sitting higher than the X1, the new X3 seems to have inherited some of the features from the new entry-level compact SAV, mostly around the front-fascia.
Looking at the spy photo above we can see the headlights shape being similar to the BMW 5 Series GT featuring the same angel eyes with a “raised eyebrow”.
The kidneys are sitting lower than in the current model and below them, there is another air opening as seen on the X5.
Inside, we expect to see a similar design as in the newly X1, a far more luxurious approach that will fix some of the complaints the X3 owners previously had. Along with high quality materials, the 2011 X3 will offer several options seen in higher end models: Night Vision System, Head-Up Display, Adaptive Headlights or seats with ventilation
Fuel efficiency will play a big role in the new model, thanks to the EfficientDynamics program. Sources close to the Bavarian automaker state that the 2011 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.
While not confirmed, the North American market will most likely receive the xDrive28i and xDrive35i models, but many BMW consumers are hoping to see a diesel powerplant as well.
The 2011 BMW X3 will be unveiled in the May-June time frame, with sales beginning in the U.S. in early 2011.