Our friend Jon Sibal takes another stab at rendering what the second generation BMW X3 might look like. While most of the exterior design has been unveiled, there are still plenty of fine details hiding underneath the now famous psychedelic camouflage.
With two months left before the first official photos, the second generation midsize SAV continues to be an interesting topic among BMW fans.
There is not much new we can say about the 2011 BMW X3, so let’s take a moment to recap some of the important points. 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 interior design has drastically improved over the current E83 X3, with higher quality materials and build quality on the same level with the new 5 Series Sedan.
The wheels will be available as two-tone rims similar to the ones seen on the X1 and X5 models, but with an X3 specific design. Optional wheels will go as high as 20″ in size.
European customers continue to have a wide-range of choices: X3 xDrive 23i, X3 xDrive28i , X3 xDrive35i and in diesel specification- X3 xDrive20d , X3 xDrive2.5d , X3 xDrive30d and the previously mentioned, X3 xDrive40d.
The entry level model for the North American market will be the X3 xDrive28i, while the top spot is being held by the xDrive35i. While not confirmed, there are plenty of clues pointing to a diesel engine for the U.S., in this case, most likely the same powerplant as the one found in the 335d and X5 xDrive35d.
Pricing unknown at the moment, but with the X1 coming to North America in 2011 and filling the entry-level spot, we expect the 2011 BMW X3 to cost more than the current generation.
Original photo by xbimmers.com