Spy Photos: 2011 BMW X3 getting closer to its unveiling

Spy Photos | March 31st, 2010 by 9

Scheduled to be unveiled in June, the second generation BMW X3 continues its testing runs on U.S. soil. Just days ago, several X3 test mules have been spotted around a race track in Spartanburg, cruising along the first generation X3 and the bigger brother, X5.

The 2011 BMW X3 runs on the next generation 3 Series platform and measures 15.15 feet in length, two inches longer than the current model featuring more rounded design lines and a sleeker look. The F25 is moving up in size with dimensions closer to the first generation BMW X5.

Judging by this spy photos, the sloping roof indicates that underneath the more dynamic appearance lies a new sporting character than seen in the first generation X3.

The interior design has drastically improved over the current E83 X3, with higher quality materials and build quality on the same level with the new 5 Series Sedan.

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″ in size.

As indicated by us two weeks ago, the high-end model will be the xDrive35i, powered by the 3.0 liter turbocharged engine.  Customers in Europe will be given the X3xDrive40d .

No official word on diesel engines for the U.S. market, but we expect to see the xDrive35d model powered by the same powerplant as in the X5 35d and 335d Sedan.

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.
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