• Jun 3, 2010
2011 BMW X3 – Click above for image gallery

BMW has just dropped a few juicy details about the 2011 X3 on the web along with a few camo'd photos. With the addition of the X1 in European markets, the Bavarian automaker is looking to give its middle child a little extra interior space, so the 2011 X3 will be slightly wider and longer than the beasts currently prowling the Costco parking lot. Even so, weight has been slimmed by around 55 pounds and in a nod to ever-increasing fuel economy concerns, the automaker has also decided to switch the power steering on the X3 from pneumatic to electric to reduce drag on the engine.

Speaking of engines, there won't be any major surprises under the hood. UK buyers will be able to choose between a total of four engines – the standard fair available here in the land of the free plus two turbo-diesel mills. We wouldn't exactly hold our breath waiting for those to show up in our neck of the woods at launch.

Interestingly enough, Autocar reports that BMW is currently investigating a turbocharged four-cylinder variant as well as an AcitveHybrid flavor, though who knows if either of those are slated for U.S. consumption. Look for a full unveil at this year's Paris Motor Show.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Seeing that Bimmer on a muddy trail is like seeing Clay Aiken in Compton
      • 4 Years Ago
      No diesel, no dice...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought the steering had up until this point been hydraulic. I've never seen a car with a pneumatic power steering setup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      False.

      Actually the ML is quite competent off road, even without the "off road" package which is available outside of the US. It is mostly limited by on road biased tires.

      The Gelendewagen will destroy just about anything, as it should with three locking differentials.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The Gelendewagen will destroy just about anything, as it should with three locking differentials."

        +1
      • 4 Years Ago
      "the automaker has also decided to switch the power steering on the X3 from pneumatic to electric to reduce drag on the engine."

      LoL. Remember when BMW's slogan was "The Ultimate Driving Machine"? This is more evidence that they need to think of a new one.

      BTW, I especially like the "Off-roading" shots in the gallery. Very dramatic-looking for a SUV(if you can call it that) with a car chassis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When they started making SUVs the "ultimate driving machine" slogan was a joke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How can they make it bigger when it's already only 4" shy of an X5 in length?
      • 4 Years Ago
      55lbs? Seiously BMW? Can we get back to leading by example already? This thing can't come soon enough, how olds the current gen anywho, 5? 10? Years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The day they make this truly worth twice as much as a Forester is the day I'll stop telling people who are interested in buying it it'd be one of the worst ways you can spend $40K.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm amused by all the people bagging on this car. Trust me, if you read Autoblog, then you probably aren't the target demo for this car. This car is targetted at affluent people who want a nice crossover vehicle that drives better than most of the cars in this segment. Of course it's not going to be used offroad. Most SUVs and crossovers never touch the dirt.

      I'd never buy any BMW x-series car, but clearly there are people who want one and will buy one. For those people, more power to you. If it adds to BMW's bottom line and allows them to still make great driving cars, then who am I to bitch if they make a car I'm not interested in?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take a 4 door Land Rover LRX thank you very much...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully better offroad then the X5. Looks like it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The previous one was a joke off-road, check the Top Gear Episode on it. Just a glorified station wagon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really they think it can go off road now, the X3 get stuck doing off road on Top Gear.

      Check out after 3:30:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2LLMxlkT-Y
        • 4 Years Ago
        Top Gear is a car show, and the new X3 has pics of it driving thru off road stuff. So you think it can really do it?
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