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Spy Photos: 2011 BMW X3 continues its testing runs

Spy Photos | April 14th, 2010 by 8
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We are slowly approaching the launch of the second generation BMW X3 and BMW is intensifying their testing sessions around the world. In the past …

We are slowly approaching the launch of the second generation BMW X3 and BMW is intensifying their testing sessions around the world. In the past month, several 2011 X3 prototypes have been spotted on U.S. soil, near the Spartanburg plant, but also in Munich.

With the risk of repeating ourselves, let’s recap some of the things we have learned about the newly, redesigned mid-compact SAV.

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.

Spy Photos: 2011 BMW X3 continues its testing runs

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.

The sloping roof indicates that underneath the more dynamic appearance lies a new sporting character than seen in the first generation X3.

Spy Photos: 2011 BMW X3 continues its testing runs

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 top model will be the xDrive35i, powered by the 3.0 liter turbocharged engine. Customers in Europe will be given the X3xDrive40d.

The North American market will initially offer the xDrive28i model and the aforementioned 3.0 liter Twin-Turbo.

The unveiling of the new X3 will take place at the Paris Motor Show later this year.

[Source: SecretNewCars ]

  • BimmerBoost

    Any idea about the weight? Looks much bigger than the last X3.

    - BimmerBoost.com

    • Tom

      I wouldn’t be surprised if it was bigger than the first generation X5 (E53).

      • http://www.bimmerboost.com BimmerBoost

        Wow, you think it would be bigger than the first gen X5? It definitely will be larger than the first gen X3 but if it is as big as the E53 it will definitely have weight to match. The best part about the X3 was that is was lightweight for an SUV.

  • Giom

    I have heard some reports that it will be as big – or close to – the first X5.

    Well, if you look at the origional X5 now, it does look small compared to the new one.

  • Simba

    The headlights seems to be the crucial design element that will make or break the X3, judging from the spy shots.

  • Hamilton

    ooopppsss… to late x3…. Audi Q5 is the new KING.

  • viper

    bmw has no clue how do design a pretty looking car , they are beyond the worst in greman car industry , even new touareg looks better 10 times

  • David

    Let us hope the increased size is acceptable, the front is as attractive as the incoming X5 facelift (June 2010) and the dash is completely revamped to look as impressive as the X5

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