New Spy Photos and Video: 2011 BMW X3 in Alpine White

Spy Photos | June 11th, 2010 by 11
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The official unveiling of the second generation BMW X3 is just around the corner, but prototypes continue to be tested by BMW in the Munich …

The official unveiling of the second generation BMW X3 is just around the corner, but prototypes continue to be tested by BMW in the Munich area.

The test mules continue to sport the light camouflage that continues to hide the little design details that can make or break a car. As we pointed out in the past and seen in the test drives of pre-production models, the new 2011 BMW X3 reminds of the older brother, the X5, only at smaller dimensions.

With the new F25 platform, the 2011 BMW X3 uses many components from both the 3 Series and 5 Series. The compact SAV grew in size 8 centimeters long, 3 cm wide and 1.2 cm in height. The wheelbase was also extended by 9 cm.

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In addition, the trunk volume has been increased by 70 liters up to 550, and the rear seats also benefit from a larger space, including more legroom. A less bulky transmission tunnel and lower ground facilitate better accessibility for rear passengers.

Inside, the new X3 sports noticeably higher quality dashboard and trim materials than its predecessor – something BMW admits was necessary given the increased competition the segment. The instruments and switchgear are of a level comparable to those found in the new 5 Series.

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The F25 BMW X3 brings with it a series of technologies imported from other BMW models. The 2011 X3 also adopts a newly developed mechanical-electric steering system from Thyssen Krup in place of the ZF engineered hydraulic system found on the outgoing model.

At the initial launch, there are only two engines available, the 2.0 diesel 184 horsepower (xDrive20d), which lowers consumption by 15%, and the 3.0 six-cylinder petrol (xDrive35i), with 306 hp and 400 Nm peak torque. The latter has gone from using a twin-turbocharged to one turbo(N55 engine), with clear advantages in performance: it gives the same power and it uses 9% less fuel.

Gradually, the range will be expanded with new engines. First, a six-cylinder petrol engine with 256 hp (xDrive28i) launching in January next year. Later in Spring, another six-cylinder diesel with around 260 hp (xDrive30d) will appear. By the fall, the xDrive35d with 306 horsepower will be launched as well.

The entry level models will use a new 4-cylinder petrol powerplant which is not available until late 2011 or early 2012.

All engines will be coupled with the excellent ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox. Only the four cylinders will have the option of being matted to manual six-speed transmissions.

The 2011 BMW X3 makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show with sales commencing months after.

[Source: BimmerToday | Photos by Marcus ]

11 responses to “New Spy Photos and Video: 2011 BMW X3 in Alpine White”

  1. viper says:

    bmw will never learn to make a proper small pretty suv , like super ugly x3 , this one is just ugly

    • M5POWER says:

      Yeah.. as if the ML is pretty. The Q5 is also ugly. We’re happy with what we have here. If you’re not, you know what to do.

  2. Lariv says:

    The best looking suv right now is the Volvo XC60, and it has a better interior than it’s German rivals.

  3. Laszlo says:

    is this the “new” X3 ? Looks the same as the old one… both butt ugly. Must be Bangle’s last achievement.

    as pretty the the X6 and X5 become lately, this X3 and the new X1 are horrible. The GLK and Audi Q5 wins the styling in that segment.

  4. sam says:

    Its amazing that they could let this design go from conception to production.It would only be possible if this was made in unit run by Blind people. Lets be honest, The Q5 looks amazing out of the three.I am sure the bimmer might drive better but this.. is just……WOW!!I have no words for the X3 Team.

    And they had to waste camo on this…..why??

  5. M5POWER says:

    I am still wondering, how can you guys judge the car looks while it’s camoed? Come on… My advice is to wait until they remove the camo. Judging car by looking at these pictures is plain stupid. If the car turns out to be good, then shame on you guys… I am just saying what I think and feel here. This is not the case of whether ML is better than Q5 or the better XC60. Wait until it’s finished, and we’ll see. Thank you…

    • sam says:

      I agree with you but u can sort of make out the shape of the suv by now.I agree that the details might be missing .I love BMW and AUDI and thats the reason I am disappointed.

    • wazon8 says:

      I won’t judge it until I see it personally in real live circumstances. It’s easy to see that all controversial BMWs look a way better in real world observed by your own eyes. The best recent example is – IMO – X1, which is not impressive at pictures, but in real world it reveals features that make it really nice. 5GT has a nice presentation at road and in move eighter.

  6. Davidz says:

    Viper, Freudking, Plaxico and his other names is a loser and he should get off this blog or keep punishing himself cos we’ll always appreciate BMW’s effort at engineering good cars.

  7. viper says:

    those are all different people who tell you what you DONT want to hear.
    I aint gonna tell you that this car is pretty or bmws cars are that awesome , because they are NOT.neither this piece of shit called x3. HAIL 4 RINGS

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