With automakers cutting costs and downsizing their line-ups, now is the perfect time for automobile manufacturers to hype up their smaller offerings, like BMW’s compact crossover, the X3.

The CEO of BMW North America, Jim O’Donnell, announced in a recent interview, that the next generation BMW X3 will make its word debut this upcoming December. Production of the current model has already been slowed down in order to generate demand for the both the future X3 and X1 CUVs.

Compared with the current X3, the future BMW will have a lower roof line and even more rounded edges giving the vehicle a much sportier appearance. The next X3 will also be larger, measuring in at 4.65 meters long, 1.85 meters wide and 1.68 meters tall.

Under the hood BMW has found room for four different diesel engines and two gasoline burning ones. The new BMW X3’s biggest competition will come from other compact crossovers like the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK. We will have to wait and see how the Bavarian automaker does at the end of this year.

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Source: BMW Blog

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8 comments:

BMWM6  (488) posted on 05.24.2009

I never liked the x3 but maybe the new one will be better the prototype above looks pretty good the current model is ugly, who cares I will just get the new x5m

BMWM6  (79) posted on 05.24.2009

This new X3 is not making sense at all. Although, BMW is a big name in the industry and we know a lot of those who can afford it will not heisitate to grab it

BMWM6  (177) posted on 05.24.2009

Yes I hope that can notice how this design goes out of BMW’s sensibility

BMWM6  (289) posted on 05.24.2009

I Think this is more of a design failure. I hope BMW sees what they are missing in this X3 version

BMWM6  (231) posted on 05.24.2009

This SUV looks like a chop-chop version of the current model

BMWM6  (318) posted on 05.24.2009

I dont know if they are getting the right formula for this SUV, the current version is alot better, well of course that is my opinion.

BMWM6  (314) posted on 05.24.2009

Im a bmw fanatic, but the X3 is an eye sore for BMW, and by these prototypes it isnt improving. The Q5 looks like a greatly styled vehicle in this segment. Im not sure about the glk it looks weird

BMWM6  (421) posted on 05.24.2009

I have grown weary of the BMW front end styling, and their efforts to give them a human appearance. There is just so many times you can look at that split grille and not go ugh, enough already. The Older models, when the grille was smaller and less ostentacious were much more appealing. Get back to basics BMW.

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