• May 20th 2009 at 2:28PM
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When the X3 launched in 2004 there was no Mercedes GLK or Audi Q5. Now that the other Germans have come with the competition, reports are indicate BMW is moving the launch of the 2010 X3 up to make sure it can compete.

The next X3 will be about four inches longer, a half-inch narrower, and a fraction of an inch taller. The extra length will help improve interior room, but the Sport Activity Vehicle is said to be tuned for increased sporting performance. The features list will include hand-me-downs from the 7 Series such as Night Vision and Heads Up Display, and -- in Europe at least -- six engines will be offered: two gasoline and four diesel. We in the U.S. will probably still make do with the either the naturally aspirated or turbocharged 3.0-liter gas engines and possibly a turbo'd four.

[Source: BMW Blog]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Chinese copy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the belt line i meant to say
      • 6 Years Ago
      Since to "old" X3 was DESIGNED and built by Magna International-do you think the Bavarian geniuses will design and build the new one on their own. My best advice on BMW's is to NEVER own one that is out of warranty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If only it had a more sportier rear and less "utility", like the X6. X4 anyone?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have @ 80,000miles on a used 2005 x3 3.0 sport. I love this little truck. tight stearing. strong reliable engine. manumatic (steptronic whatever), and more interior cargo space then the first gen x5. Its not pretty but that not why I love it. oh yeah and no iDrive is great. As close to a 3 series as possible while still giving me the room to carry stuff I need and the ground clearance I enjoy.

      "but honestly how often to you load up the cargo area?"

      All of the Time

      "if you can afford an x3 why not get a sports car and a ford ranger or something?"

      what are you stupid?

      "What ground clearance?"

      Compared to my previous Mazda 6 that hydroplanned when it hit a puddle of water that had backed up onto the highway there is enough for my needs, Ive even off roaded it a bit.

      oh yeah and xdrive is the shiznits on this thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, I agree. As much as I love the powerful feeing of BMWs they went over board with using oversized engines. The 528e was and still is a great car
      and you were able to drive it with plenty of gas left in the tanks.

      • 6 Years Ago
      2010 BMW X3

      An evolution of awkwardness.

      Those character lines on the side give this car some funky proportions.

      The rest of the car looks good though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, I know. But still, it just looks a bit odd.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a very satisfied X3 owner and look forward to the new one. As long as it still comes with a stick I'll be a repeat customer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      People that post on these posts about cars they have never owned and will never own crack me up. Go back to driving your POS thinking BMWs are unreliable from zero experience. I know "you had a buddy who had one" once, so you are experts.

      • 6 Years Ago
      The fact that the two most interesting cars to come out of BMW lately (The one series and the X3) are the most derided by you folks makes me think they did something right.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sorry mate, and I know everyone's entitled to an opinion, and if the world was full of people exactly like me I'd kill myself, but....

        You cannot, for one minute, seriously think that the X3 is one of the two most interesting cars to come out of BMW for a while. It depends on what you call 'a while', but surely 'a while' would cover the launch of the new M3 and M5, the twin turbo sixes, etc. I'll give you the 1 series (it depends on whether you look at it as an over-priced Focus/Golf, or the performance bargain of the century). But the X3 is merely a profit generator for BMW. If you don't agree, try this test:

        Put X3 and ultimate driving machine in the same sentence. See, it just doesn't fit, does it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the M version :-(.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have read and re-read this article, where does it say November like your title? Everything says December with a early 2010 release. My wife's X3 comes off lease in November, so I sure wish they would release this in November.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks dated and boring. Neeeeeeeeext.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW's new styling trend seems to be a "punched in the face" look. The refreshed 3-series and now the X3 have this look where the grill seems to be caved in with the bumper protruding outwards around it. Uggo.
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