Spyshots: 2011 BMW X3
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The future model is expected to generate at least the same sales as the current generation, so the automaker tried to revise the majority of car's features. For example, the overall dimensions will grow a little bit, but the final appearance will remain pretty much the same as the existing one.
A more prominent grille will also make it into production, along with new wraparound headlights that will contribute to a revised front fascia. Inside, BMW used better quality materials, in an attempt to make the car face fierce competition coming from other German rivals, such as Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK.
There are no details regarding the engines to be used on the future X3 lineup, but rumors are suggesting a 3.0-liter twin-turbo powerplant, similar to the one available on the 335i. Additionally, the car will employ a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, with power output to exceed the 204 horsepower barrier.
Just like expected, BMW is also looking into ways to make its cars a bit greener, so a hybrid version should arrive anytime soon after the main launch of the car. Production of the new X3 will become Spartanburg plant's responsibility in the United States, where it will be built alongside the new X5 and X6.
More details are likely to emerge in the upcoming months, with the first public debut likely to happen at one of this year's auto shows.
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