The first pics and details of the new BMW X3 M Sport have leaked onto the internet

The first pictures and details of the new BMW X3 M Sport have been leaked onto the internet.

The popular upgrade package, particularly with UK buyers, includes changes to the suspension and steering, as well as visual changes to both the exterior and interior.

See the leaked pics of the new BMW X3 M Sport

The exterior has been given a M Sport full bodykit that includes new side skirts, more aggressive bumpers and modified wheel arches to accommodate 19-inch M lightweight alloy wheels.

Interior changes include a multifunction leather sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles and a custom gear selection lever. Front sports seats can also be ordered with Pearlpoint cloth-leather upholstery and an Anthracite roof liner.

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Dynamic changes include lowered sports suspension with stiffer dampers and variable sports steering.

BMW has confirmed that the standard car will go on sale on 20 November this year, with the M-sport package likely to follow in in the first half 2011.

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20 July 2010

Obviously this will get a pasting on this forum, but i would like to say from the outset that personally i like the look of this car.

20 July 2010

White suits it well, looks good

20 July 2010

Definitely looks better than the standard version, although it still looks like the north end of a south-bound cow.

And can someone (the UN? The EU? Autocar?) please ban the use of the word 'Sport' in conjunction with any SUV or crossover, unless it is actually competing in the Dakar rally...

20 July 2010

So people buy thsi jacked up station wagon and then pay more for a sport package and have it lowered, why not go for a 3 series station wagon then, a really good car. As it is this car looks unremarkable, even more so in white.

20 July 2010

[quote disco.stu]

Definitely looks better than the standard version, although it still looks like the north end of a south-bound cow.

And can someone (the UN? The EU? Autocar?) please ban the use of the word 'Sport' in conjunction with any SUV or crossover, unless it is actually competing in the Dakar rally...

[/quote]

To be fair, the old X3 handled like a proper sports saloon - it's quite sporty enough to qualify for the 'sport' tag.

What worries me is the mention of paddles - does this mean that the manual gearbox will no longer be available?

20 July 2010

I would agree with the general view that for once, it adds something to the car. But BMW had to fix the X3 the first incarnation was a total joke.

20 July 2010

[quote FriendlyFisherman]

I would agree with the general view that for once, it adds something to the car. But BMW had to fix the X3 the first incarnation was a total joke.

[/quote]

This is a total joke too - it's taking the 3-series Touring and making it that little bit worse, without giving it any off-road ability.

BMW, WHAT'S THE POINT? NO-ONE WANTS THIS HIDEOUS P.O.S.!

20 July 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]

[quote FriendlyFisherman]

I would agree with the general view that for once, it adds something to the car. But BMW had to fix the X3 the first incarnation was a total joke.

[/quote]

This is a total joke too - it's taking the 3-series Touring and making it that little bit worse, without giving it any off-road ability.

BMW, WHAT'S THE POINT? NO-ONE WANTS THIS HIDEOUS P.O.S.!

[/quote] The thing is SSM, that people DO want this, there is no denying that despite its looks the last X3 sold in very well indeed and made a lot of money. Plus people are moving away from the large 4x4s like X5, ML, Q7 etc, they still want to high ride etc. Because you dont want it doesn't mean others wont.

20 July 2010

[quote Vidge 123]The thing is SSM, that people DO want this, there is no denying that despite its looks the last X3 sold in very well indeed and made a lot of money. Plus people are moving away from the large 4x4s like X5, ML, Q7 etc, they still want to high ride etc. Because you dont want it doesn't mean others wont.[/quote]

Odd, then, that here in Surrey, possibly the biggest market in the UK for SUVs outside Cheshire, I hardly ever see X3s. I reckon I see ten Freelanders for every X3 I see - then there are the Tiguans, XC60s, Q5s, etc...

Oh, and there's the 5-series GT which will almost certainly steal sales from the X3.

20 July 2010

So from your personal experience in Surrey, you can confidently say no one, world wide, will want the car! please!

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