With a month away before its official unveiling, the second generation BMW X3 goes through the Final Evaluation Phase. Due to launch in late 2010 as MY2011 model, the new BMW X3 is built on the next generation 3 Series and is moving up in the X-family, allowing for the recently released X1 to become the entry-level Sports Activity Vehicle.
The newly redesigned X3 will be aimed at customers looking for a dynamic SAV and United States remains the main market. The overall dimensions are very close to the first generation X5, and at the same time, it sports more rounded lines and roof line slightly lower than the current model.
As seen in the spy video below, 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.
The interior design has drastically improved over the current 3, with higher quality materials and build quality on the same level with the latest BMW models.
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 inch 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.
A hybrid model will most likely follow in the near future, using a similar technology as seen in the ActiveHybrid X6.
The future X3 is moving its production from the Magna factories in Graz, Austria, to the U.S soil at the Spartanburg plant, a move that will reduce some of the manufacturing costs.