The second generation BMW X3 is due to launch later this year at the Paris Motor Show, but an early preview will be offered at the end of May. In the mean time, several prototypes across Europe and near Spartanburg, continue to be tested during the Final Evaluation Phase.
The 2011 BMW X3 is built under the codename F25 and it runs on the future 3 Series platform. As we mentioned several times in the past and confirmed by sources close to the brand, the F25 is moving up in size with dimensions closer to the first generation BMW X5.
The “blend” look of the current model is being replaced with a similar design approach as seen on the X1 and with some design cues inherited from other BMW models, especially around the front-grille and headlights.
Judging by this spy photos, the sloping roof indicates that underneath the more dynamic appearance lies a new sporting character than seen in the first generation X3.
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.
As far as motoring options, the top model will be the xDrive35i, powered by the 3.0 liter turbocharged engine. Customers in Europe will be given the X3xDrive40d .
No official word on diesel engines for the U.S. market, but we expect to see the xDrive35d model powered by the same powerplant as in the X5 35d and 335d Sedan.
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.[Source: Autoblog ]