BMW has dropped the first official details and ‘spy shots’ of its next-generation X3 prior to its debut at the 2010 Paris Motors Show. The Munich automaker is hoping that the redesigned and reengineered X3 continues with the success of the first-generation model, sales of which have now passed the 600,000 mark since it went on sale in 2003.
The new 2011 BMW X3 rides on and the four-wheel-drive architecture used in the new 3-Series. That means that the compact BMW SUV has grown in every way.
BMW has also confirmed that the 2011 X3 will be offered with a choice of four engines, which will consist of two gasoline options and two diesel options. The gasoline lineup will consist of a 268-hp 3.0L inline 6-cylinder in the X3 xDrive28i and a 302-hp twin-turbo 3.0L inline 6-cylinder in the X3 xDrive35i. The diesel lineup will start off with a 181-hp 2.0L 4-cylinder in the X3 xDrive20d and a 241-hp 3.0L inline 6-cylinder in the X3 xDrive30d.
Sources say that an ActiveHybrid version is also in the works but isn’t likely to go on sale until 2012 at the earliest.
Spy Shots: 2011 BMW X3:
– By: Kap Shah