The world premiere of the BMW X3 has just successfully taken place at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. This model’s design is quite similar to that of the first generation X3. The difference is that it is larger and possesses the same design language as the new 5 and 7 series.
In comparison to its predecessor, the vehicle has a larger interior space and boot. The luggage space capacity is now bigger by 70 liters to 550 liters.
In Europe, the car is available in two versions – a diesel unit (the xDrive2.0d with an output of 184 hp and 380 Nm) and a petrol unit (the xDrive35i with 306 hp and 400 Nm). In the US, the car is offered in two petrol versions -- the xDrive35i and the xDrive28i (240 hp and 311 Nm of torque).
Ian Robertson, a member of the Board of Management of BMW, said that in 2004, the first BMW X3 created a new segment and was a topseller.
He believes that it’s to be expected that the second generation will be successful as well. He also said that this vehicle “blends in perfectly between the BMW X1 and the BMW X5 Series.” The 2011 BMW X3 is expected to arrive at showrooms throughout Europe next month.
The new BMW X3 is around 3.36-inches (83 mm) longer, 1.1-inches (28 mm) wider and half-inch (12 mm) taller than its predecessor. It also has a half-inch (12 mm) higher ground clearance and features a wheelbase (2,810 mm) that is 0.6-inches (15 mm) longer, at 110.6 inches.
This latest version of the X3 features a design that exudes not only elegance but also the much-needed agility and ruggedness. Starting on the front, the BMW X3 dons a forward-slanting BMW kidney grille and large headlight, as well as a dynamic front apron.
Its hood dons six contour lines that sweep down and converge at the kidney grill. The vehicle also features twin round headlights as well as round fog lamps forming the triangular light pattern typical of BMW SAVs. The headlight assembly features an upper edge highlighted by a chrome trim while BMW's signature "Corona Rings" function as the daytime running lights.
When customers avail of the optional Xenon headlights, white LEDs illuminate the Corona Rings and the daytime running lights. Meanwhile, the rear is highlighted by horizontal lines that convey its dynamic character.
This Sports Activity Vehicle also features precise lines and expressive surfaces, resulting to alluring light and shadow effects. The BMW X3's T-shaped taillights are placed far to the outside, with LED light bars providing this vehicle with night-time design signature.
On the side, the new BMW X3 dons dynamically flared wheel arches as well as the short front and rear overhangs that convey a robust character typical of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. Additionally, the X3 features a silhouette highlighted by three characteristic lines.
The first is the upper contour line located at the door handle level sharply rising in the front wheel arch area, then subtly flowing to the rear of the X3. Then two subtle lines follow the contour line just above the wheel arches.