Most revealing 2011 BMW X3 Spy Photos

3-Series, Spy Photos | April 9th, 2010 by 9
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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 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.

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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 ]

9 responses to “Most revealing 2011 BMW X3 Spy Photos”

  1. Simba says:

    I am not sure that this is anything remarkable in terms of styling. Looks pretty predictable and I cannot see anyone getting excited over this in terms of the styling shown here.

    Why is the bonnet so flat??? It kind of make the car look CHEAP, one sheet metal with a lack of premium and sculptured feel, almost like a 10 year old Jeep. Wheels are way too small for the car. Bad Effort. Will this be better looking than the Q5? Not that the q5 looks nice anyway, but don’t we expect BMW to be better?

  2. Roger says:

    I agree with Simba — the most interesting aspect of this photo is the two testers flipping the cameraman the “bird!” HAH!

    • X5SoB says:

      I thought so! Initially missed the one that is pixelated out.
      i imagine that the psychedelic covering is masking some of the X3’s character, but you’re right, it feels uninspired and conservative. But, what can you expect under VanHoydonk, he’s no Bangle.

      • Roger says:

        I’m with you — I bet there’s some interesting hood detail under that covering… Still, I’m not impressed yet, and I REALLY want to be! HAH!

        • Simba says:

          Please, this is not the test mule. This is the real thing with some tape covering up thin lines.

          I can assure you that what you expect to be an interesting hood detail will just be two lines running up the hood, just like the 3 and 5 Series. I call that incredibly BORING, especially on a piece of flat metal sheet like this one.

  3. says:

    I want Chris Bangle back! BMW are losing their way in terms of styling and an element of exclusivity is needed that only Bangle is possible of doing!

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