BMW will launch the next generation X3 in 2010. BMW
will move the production of its X3 SUV from Austria to South Carolina, USA. Next to its standard competitors, like Touareg, the 2010 X3 will get a new competitor starting 2009 when Mercedes
will launch the GLK, but also the all new Infiniti EX.
To be built on the same 3-Series platform like the current model (but stretched and widened to help differentiate it from the 3-series wagon), the 2010 X3 will get an all-new exterior and new engines under the hood.
As BMW confirmed, the CS Concept will inspire all the future models, and the X3 is no exception. It will get a new front fascia (inspired by the CS), with a large prominent grille, redesigned headlamps and a slightly redesigned rear end. The air intakes on the lower bumper will be shared with the future X6 and will also likely become a future design cue for BMW activity vehicles.
The interior in the next X3 will also see a major upgrade, using high-tech materials and also offering more space for the passengers.
Spy photographers report that the 2010 model will have a redesigned suspension setup compared to the current X3.
Under the hood we will see the same engine range with just a few exceptions. It is expected that the 2.5i version to be dropped just because 160 hp won’t be enough for a future SUV (we have to consider that the Infiniti EX has an output of 290 hp and the GLK starting from 228 hp). Instead BMW will add the powerful twin-turbo 3.0 liter engine used in the 335i.
BMW will produce the 2010 X3 at the Spartanburg’s plan, South Carolina, USA in a number of 50.000 units a year.