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Next generation BMW X3 - spy shots

Next generation BMW X3 - spy shots

BMW will unveil the next generation X3 in 2010. It will compete with the Audi Q5 and the future Mercedes GLK.

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.

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.

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2011 BMW X3 renderings

2011 BMW X3 renderings

BMW will unveil the next generation X3 in 2010 with sales to begin in 2011. It will be built on the same 3-Series platform like the current model, but it will get a new exterior inspired by the CS Concept.

The 2011 X3 will grow in length compared to the current model and it will feature higher quality materials in the interior. Also for the first time BMW will offer a hybrid version of its succesfful model.

BMw will offer six different versions: X3 2.0d, 177 hp; X3 2.0sd, 204 hp; X3 3.0d, 245 hp; X3 3.0sd, 299 hp; X3 2.5i, 231 hp; X3 3.0si, 306 hp.

The German magazine AutoBild also reports that the X1 will make its world debut in 2009. Like the future X3 it will be offered with a choice of gas, diesel and hybrid engines.

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BMW X3 ’Quickstop’ Commercial

Here’s one of the funniest commercial of the BMW X3 SUV.

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Four EuroNCAP stars for BMW X3

Four EuroNCAP stars for BMW X3

Euro NCAP today releases the results for the Suzuki Splash, Daihatsu Terios, Renault Kangoo, Citroën C5 and the BMW X3.

Of these results, only the Citroën C5 received five stars in adult occupant protection. Unlike the previous C5, the seat belt reminder system does not meet Euro NCAP’s requirements for the front passenger seat. With the ground-breaking technology for pedestrian protection that Citroen introduced with the C6, it was disappointing to see that the C5 only received two stars.

BMW X3 received only four starts in adult occupant protection, four starts in child protection and one star in pedestrian protection.

Very poor results were received by the pick-ups: Isuzu D-MAX/Rodeo with one star and a half, Nissan Navara half star; only Mitsubishi L200 received four stars.

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Hartge Hunter BMW X3

Hartge Hunter BMW X3

As a successful race driver and team manager on the international stage, Herbert Hartge applies motor sports technology know-how into each of his BMW-based vehicles. The reason a racy all-wheel-drive vehicle is now fully suitable for hunting on even the most challenging terrain situations, lies not only in the fact that he’s able to fall back on a wealth of gathered rallye sport experience: Herbert is truly an avid and passionate hunter.

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2010 BMW X3 II

2010 BMW X3 II

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.

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2008 BMW X3 and X5 earn "Top safety pick award"

2008 BMW X3 and X5 earn "Top safety pick award"

BMW of North America today announced that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2008 BMW X3 and X5 the top rating of "Good" in each of its series of crash tests, earning both vehicles the Institute’s coveted TOP SAFETY PICK Award.

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2008 BMW X3 2.0d

2008 BMW X3 2.0d

With a clear plus of fun driving and economy, the BMW X3 is on top position as the world-wide most successful Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV). For 2008, the X3 gets a new four-cylinder diesel engine and reduces CO2 emission. Also a six-speed automatic transmission was added as an option for the X3 2.0d.

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BMW to build X3 SUV in U.S.

BMW to build X3 SUV in U.S.

Spartanburg, South Carolina will be the next plant to built BMW X3.First launched in January 2004 and refreshed in September of last year,the BMW x3 is assembled in Austria by Magna Steyr, a unit of Canadian car parts giant Magna International.
BMW currently builds Z4 roadsters and X5 SUVs in Spartanburg.The place were now the Z4 roadsters and X5 SUVs are mate will be shared by the X3 with the all new coupe-shaped SUV crossover that some in the motor press have dubbed the X6.
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BMW X3 facelift to debut this week

BMW X3 facelift to debut this week

BMW is going to unveil towards the end of this week a facelifted version of it’s compact SUV, X3 which will go on sale in Europe in the fall while the US market will probably have to wait till the end of the year.
The top of the series is the BMW X3 3.0sd, which carries 286 HP and 427 lbs-ft out with its twin turbo-Diesel. Thus the X3 is to accelerate in 6.6 seconds of zero on 60 mph and to reach a top speed of 149 mph.
Styling changes will be mild and they’ll include redesigned bumpers and (...)

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2006 BMW X3 3.0i

2006 BMW X3 3.0i

The BMW X3 enters its third year of production flush with success. In its first year, the X3 sold almost as well as the larger X5, doubling BMW’s impact on the SUV market, and there’s little sign of the trend toward smaller, more fuel-efficient SUVs cooling off any time soon.

While the X5 has injected the sport-utility segment with much needed on-road athleticism, it’s the X3 that really delivers the goods in terms of handling prowess. Perfect weight distribution (50 percent over the front wheels and 50 percent over the rear) and a center of gravity that’s low for an SUV combine with a sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension to produce tenacious cornering abilities (again, for an SUV).

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2003 AC Schnitzer ACSX3

2003 AC Schnitzer ACSX3

The second "SUV" in the BMW family has arrived, and development work is in full swing on a special accessories range to cover all areas of the vehicle.

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