2011 BMW X3 – One final rendering before the unveiling

Rumors | June 28th, 2010 by 16
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The silly renderings and spy photos games of the new 2011 BMW X3 come to an end. With just days away from its official unveiling, …

The silly renderings and spy photos games of the new 2011 BMW X3 come to an end. With just days away from its official unveiling, the second generation X3 goes through another drawing exercise.

The result? In our opinion, quite stunning and if the actual design is close to these renderings, the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK will be facing a tough competitor.

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.

Despite the dimensions increase, the new BMW X3 offers safety improvements and increased protection of pedestrians, since there is now a greater distance between the hood and engine, and the other mechanical elements that surround.

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Design wise, the 2011 BMW X3 was rumored to be moving from the “boxy” shape and sharp corners to more rounded design lines and a sleeker look. Recent spy photos revealed that the car maintains some of these “boxy” lines, but at overall dimensions closer to the first generation X5, and with a more appealing look.

The hood has been redesigned as well, it now features the creases seen on all newer BMW models, which give the car a more aggressive and imposing stance.

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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.

Paris Motor Show was chosen as the host of world premiere of the new BMW X3.

[Source: Automobile-magazine.fr via X3post ]

16 responses to “2011 BMW X3 – One final rendering before the unveiling”

  1. Hamilton says:

    Audi Q5 will eat this for lunch

    • oo says:

      no no no, Audi Q5 will eat you for lunch

      • David says:

        Cars don’t eat lunch but drink fuel

        • FreudeKing says:

          Sorry, but this is one ugly rendering and let’s hope the car does not look like this. What’s with all the flat and boxy stuff? Are we back in the 90’s? I would have expected headlights and rearlights to stretch a bit to highlight a long and sleek design. This box is really OUT. So is the current X3.

  2. perkii says:

    Wait for unveiling,and you’ll see that new X3 will be very nice,more beautiful than GLK and maybe Q5.

  3. ABK says:

    The front is ugly because it’s boxy and looks already outdated and the back blends to easily with the X1. Design wise the Q5 is better IMO. Anyways the X3 will not be on my buying list :)

  4. Shincai says:

    this rendering fails hard
    I hope it won’t look like this

    • Bryce says:

      Unfortunately, this rendering looks a lot like the spy photos we’ve seen. I agree with ABK, the front is boxy and already looks outdated. Sorry BMW, but this car could be a stinker. It’s a shame because I could have been in the market for an SUV of this size.

  5. plaxico says:

    hahaha this is sooooo baaaaaad. Damn!

  6. X5SoB says:

    Again, this is just a rendering! JUST A RENDERING! My guess is that the shape of the headlights and those weird droopy lines are wrong, as well as the shape of the kick up over the rear wheels. Basing your opinion on a rendering is silly.

    • Bryce says:

      Have you seen all the spy photos? I think this rendering is going to be pretty close to the real thing. You’re right, it’s probably not worth getting all worked up about… yet.

  7. ferrarifan says:

    that is one ugly renderring. that guy should get fired. good thing its prob not the real thing

  8. John G says:

    When is the unveiling anyway? I thought it was at the Paris show in Sept, which is more than mere days away…

  9. viper says:

    this is not that BAD….close to ugly but SUPER ugly….

  10. Silent Viper says:

    amazing design…. wonderful body… fascinating performance..it will beat all its opponents

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