Even though we expected the next and second generation BMW X3 to make its appearance in the second half of 2010, according to The Motor Report, quoting Jim O’Donnell, CEO of BMW North America, the current generation production has been shortened to allow the introduction of the new model early next year.
With the introduction of a new small urban crossover, X1, the new BMW X3 will move in class and size as well bringing to the dimensions levels of the early BMW X5.
2010 BMW X3 will have a roof line slightly lower than the current model and will follow the X5’s steps by getting more round corners and a sportier look. A more dynamic performance oriented activity vehicle is BMW’s goal for this second generation X3.
The new model will have more interior room an cargo space. We also learned in the past that the new X3 will have all the whistles and bells available on other models, such as the Night Vision System, Head-Up Display, Adaptive Headlights or seats with ventilation.
In 2008, BMW has sold 18,000 units in the U.S., but the prediction for this year are very pessimistic: a third of that number. We are already seeing the residual values drop significantly every month.
With the Audi Q5 going after its market, BMW cannot afford to lose this nice and we’re hoping that the new X3 will set a new standard in the small-SAV market.