The BMW X3 has lost most of its camouflage. Like we reported earlier, the X3 is in the final evaluation phase and it is based on the 2012 3-Series Platform. Said to be as long as the original X5,the new X3 will be sleeker and sport a rounded look. Read our earlier article here and hit the jump to see the speculative rendering based on the spy shots.
The X3 will continue to feature the characteristic “kicked-up” window line. The X3 is also higher than the X1 with some new design features borrowed from both the X1 and X5. The overall look resembles a X1 although the kidney grille sits lower and there is a new horizontal opening like on the X5. Interiors will get more luxury compared to the X1 (and the older X3) although the design will remain largely similar. It will also address complaints related to rear space in the older model. The 2011 X3 will offer several options seen in higher end models: Night Vision System, Head-Up Display, Adaptive Headlights or seats with ventilation.
While the first generation X3 was assembled in Austria by Magna Steyr automaker, the new F25 model joins the X-family at their Spartanburg plant in South Carolina. India will probably get a CKD-X3 to keep costs down and compete head on with the Q5. Prices will increase but it is worth paying for an all new larger model. Stay tuned for more.