Cryptic teaser pictures released of all-new SUV
28 May 2010

These are the first pictures of the new BMW X3 – although little is given away about the new SUV, which will appear for the first time at this autumn’s Paris motor show.

The cryptic teaser pictures released in Germany reveal little more than the styling of the rear lights and bonnet, both of which have been inspired by the new BMW 5-series.

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The pictures also show the car’s exterior and interior designers at work on the new X3’s styling.

Previous spy pictures of the new X3 have revealed it to be bigger and bulkier in size than the current model, meaning it will sit between the X1 and X5.

Its wheelbase will be around 2900mm. The increase in dimensions will help answer two of the biggest criticisms of the original X3: its lack of rear legroom and poor access to the back seats.

BMW has always been serious about making its SUVs handle like the rest of the range on asphalt, and the new X3 has undergone extensive testing at the Nurburgring.

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Despite the new car's larger dimensions, four-cylinder diesels will continue to be offered in its line-up, alongside six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

The new X3 is expected to reach UK showrooms in October, with prices starting at around £35,000.

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25 May 2010

Prices STARTING at £35K!!!!

Why would you spend that on a compact SUV?

25 May 2010

[quote fhp11]

Prices STARTING at £35K!!!!

Why would you spend that on a compact SUV?

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First, because it's not compact. It'll be the approximate size of the first X5, at around 4.65-4.70m. A fifteen and a half foot long, near 2 tonne SUV is compact only in the Yank sense - one of its main target markets. Second, I doubt Autocar are spot on with their starting prices for UK. They may launch with the higher-powered six-cylinder diesels and petrols but I'm sure some sub £30k 4 cylinders will follow.

25 May 2010

I wonder if this one will have any genuine off-road credentials, or is it going to have to get dragged across the countryside by a Disco or Massey Ferguson?

25 May 2010

[quote fhp11]

Prices STARTING at £35K!!!!

Why would you spend that on a compact SUV?

[/quote]

Most normal and sane people wouldn't, but BM fans would gladly sell their right arm, spleen, a kidney, their mother and children for the latest offering.........

25 May 2010

[quote mikesalt13]

I wonder if this one will have any genuine off-road credentials, or is it going to have to get dragged across the countryside by a Disco or Massey Ferguson?

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He who laughs last, laughs longest - look up front wheel drive, Freelander-in-drag, baby 'Range Rover'. Expect many of these to pulled out of Glyndebourne, Chelsea's training ground by X6s, X5s, X3s, Fiat Panda 4x4s, Austin Maestros, Model Ts... .

25 May 2010

BMW need Chris Bangle back. You can't say he didn't move design forward.

25 May 2010

Well, I don't think we need see much more than these 'teaser' and spy pics - its pretty predictable what its going to look like.

Its got to be better than the existing model, though. I'm not really a fan of this type of car, even more so after being loaned a present model X3 as a courtesy vehicle - it was awful. I can forgive the fact that I had to keep putting petrol in it as it was the V6 3.0 Auto version, but the way it crashed down the road and felt so numb put me right off. I felt about 70yrs old driving it! And for its bulk it didn't even seem to have much room inside either...

25 May 2010

I am not a fan of that style of rear lights where there is no continuity between those on the corners and the bit on the tail gate. It looks like someone has bodged a tail gate off a different car onto it with a welder... surely they can see this?

25 May 2010

[quote mikesalt13] I wonder if this one will have any genuine off-road credentials, or is it going to have to get dragged across the countryside by a Disco or Massey Ferguson? [/quote] That's the Transit Connect with a Land Rover badge and 4WD, right?

25 May 2010

[quote catnip] I can forgive the fact that I had to keep putting petrol in it as it was the V6 3.0 Auto version[/quote] Sorry sir/madam, but I think you're a bit lost here, it couldn't have been an BMW that you were driving, they don't do a V6 engine.

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