• May 24th 2010 at 10:39AM
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2011 BMW X3 teaser shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2010 Paris Motor Show may be five months out at this point, but that isn't stopping manufacturers like BMW from getting the ball rolling on the long, slow, aggravating striptease of new models. The German manufacturer has just dropped a few sneaky shots of the all-new 2011 X3 for the motoring world to start speculating over. So what do we see? A hood, a taillight, a few body lines and not much else.

It's clear that the hood now wears similar styling to what you'll find on the 3 Series and 5 Series thanks to a few more contours than the previous piece. Beyond that, we don't know too much about the new Bavarian high-rider other than it can whip up a bomb scare in a hurry.

Judging from the spy shots we've come across thus far, we aren't expecting particularly dramatic changes to the X3's exterior. A reworked fascia is likely to join the new hood and taillights, and there is some talk of a four-cylinder engine making its way under the hood for the first time.

[Source: BMW]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      My favorite quote describing the new BMW design line of cars...."They are the same shape sausage that you can order in different size"...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, there's nothing really new about that. The "same sausage, three sizes" is pretty characteristic of old BMW, from the new class until the Bangle era. I for one am happy to see a return to that.

        I find it interesting that all these BMW posts as of late garner a significant number of comments of "wow it's so boring" as if we haven't lived through ten years' worth of posts full of folks crowing about Bangle ruining classical BMW lines.

        That's fine, whatever your tastes are, but given how many BMW fans hate the Bangle era, you'd think you'd see more posts from thrilled folks that have held on to their E39 all this time that can finally replace it with something they like the look of. Makes me wonder if all those folks that like the subdued, Teutonic approach have already jumped ship, perhaps to Audi.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a BMW, it will be tasteful as always (less Bangle). BMW design lasts and does not look dated when the next model comes out. I am sure this will be no different.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are we really expecting anything drastic here? All of the BMW models look about the same anyway. Call the Bangle-era bimmers ugly if you'd like (I quite like those generations), but at least they were distinctive. The current styling is sooooooooo bland.......
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think there's room for a couple more hood creases. Must be saving that for the next model update..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, with BMW's complete lack of originality of late (Gina and Vision concepts excluded), they've got to keep something in reserve...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah, the teaser shot. In this case it's like seeing a leg wrapped in fishnet and garters, only to find an aging housewife with C-section scars and stretch marks.
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