More spy pictures of the BMW X3, which is currently testing at the Nurburgring track in Germany, have come out. Even as sources say otherwise, clearly, the car has similar proportions to the Range Rover Sport, it does appear to be bulkier than the current X3.
Incidentally, the new X1 will replace the current X3, allowing the next-generation model to move up one segment. It's a relief that BMW got rid of the awkward flame surfacing styling of the old X3 and replaced it with more conservative bodywork.
The X3, which bears the codename F25, is believed to have mostly road car mechanicals instead of heavy-duty SUV hardware. BMW fully intends to put emphasis on roadholding and wants for its SUVs to handle like the rest of the range on asphalt.
The focus of this model is on driving dynamics as evidenced by these pictures. The architecture is obviously borrowed from the next 3-Series. The X3, which will only be available with four-wheel drive, has a wheelbase of around 2900mm.
Tweaked to be slightly more aerodynamic than the previous model, the X3's underside, flaps and intakes have been revised to direct air flow. Choose from engines that range from a 175bhp 2.0d to the 3.0si petrol with 305bhp. The new X3 will arrive in 2011.