Video: Up and Close with 2011 BMW X3

Spy Photos | May 13th, 2010 by 7
2011-x3

According to our sources, BMW is less than two weeks away from unveiling their latest and second generation BMW X3. Built under the codename F25, …

According to our sources, BMW is less than two weeks away from unveiling their latest and second generation BMW X3. Built under the codename F25, the 2011 BMW X3 runs on the next generation 3 Series platform. The video below was captured in Munich by one of those BMW fans that understand and recognize a camouflaged prototype, and decided a call the bomb squad might not be appropriate at this time.

In a conversation recently with a BMW official, we learned that the new X3 will maintain its “boxy look”, but it will have more fluid design lines and increased design dynamics. The now usual convex and concave shapes will appear on the new X3 as well, including the more aggressive hood, as seen in the other new models.

The headlights will feature an unique design, with the double lamps sporting a more rectangular shape.

Video: Up and Close with 2011 BMW X3

With sales dropping to just 6,067 X3s in the U.S. last year, BMW is looking to regain its status in the mid-SUV market where the competition from Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLK has been fierce.

The 2011 X3, it measures 15.15 feet in length, two inches longer than the current model. 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.

For the North American market, BMW will bring the xDrive28i and xDrive35i models.

  • Bryce

    I’m very interested in the design of the headlights. One thing that these spy photos and the renderings don’t show is the fogged glass “eyebrow” of the headlights, such as on the X1.

    Also, the taillights looked choppy like the current generation X3. I was a little surprised by what I saw, but they were pretty heavily camouflaged.

  • Tom

    Damn. That was a good video :thumbsup:

  • M5POWER

    I think the car should look good… I won’t make any detailed speculation until I finally see the complete one.

  • Giom

    There’s a lot of X5 cues in the design – especially around the wheel arches. The front-end also looked a lot better in the video than on fotos. I agree with Bryce on the rear lights… we’ll see.

    Most important thing for me, I’m beginning to feel positive after watching this vid.

    Two weeks ey… can’t wait!

  • okeribok

    One of these days, I’m gonna get me some psychadelic wrap and make my car interesting.

  • badger

    i think the back will feature the current design of the faced lifted 3 series.

  • marlando55

    Not the best camo job. Car really stands out as an obvious BMW. It reminds me of the newer X5. Much better looking than the last X3.

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