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The arrival of the X6 is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to BMW's impending onslaught of CUVs. We mustn't forget one of the CUVs that started it all for the Munich-based automaker – the smallish X3. Though just refreshed, the current X3 is awkward looking, something BMW hopes to fix when the 2010 X3 arrives in late 2009. Shown here in resplendent rendered speculation (click the Read link to see the full version), the next X3 will adopt a front end inspired by the BMW CS Concept that debuted at last year's Shanghai Motor Show. It would appear the concept's flaired nostrels have made their way to the X3's nose, while those split air intakes on the lower bumper are shared with the new X6 and will also likely become a future design cue for BMW activity vehicles. Of course, all new BMWs are getting the ubiquitous but excellent twin-turbo 3.0L inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower, and we expect the X3 will be no different. That's a good thing, as Dan Roth discovered the current 260 HP 3.0L six in the current X3 gets winded pulling around the vehicle's 4,100+ lb. curb weight.
[Source: egmcartech]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      260HP isn't enough to pull 4100lbs?

      Wow. Americans.
        • 7 Years Ago
        depends on how much torque that engine puts out.
        • 7 Years Ago
        haha i agree. 260hp is plenty for that kind of weight, especially with a six-speed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks a lot better now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      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.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hi guys
      • 7 Years Ago
      The N52 is fine for the X3.
      For the 2010 model year, it should have the 8 speed automatic. Maybe Nissan will upgrade the EX to a 6 speed auto by then.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have no problem with the amount of horsepower, but what I don't understand is that lawmakers are making cars heavier here in America with more airbags and what not, if cars were lighter they could be more actively safe rather than passively.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Still ugly
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree and why is BMW turning into Toyota and Chevy? A mass market company?