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      08-24-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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2011-2012 BMW X3 continues prototype testing. This time in the Alpine mountains.

Spyshots.nl once again bring more spy photos to the web, this time photos of the next generation BMW X3. While these photos offer nothing new in terms of the amount of camo still on the car, they do confirm that the car has grown noticeably compared to the current car, and will make more sense in the BMW lineup next to the current BMW X1. The car should also take a few visual cues from its X1 and X5 bretheren to give it a much more fresh look in line with the current styling themes in the X brand.

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theres some junk in that trunk. that rear is slammed!
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That is how they sit with a trailer in tow.

It will look more like it should with the roof rails in place.
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proportions dont look right...not wide enough. and that front bumper looks like an aftermarket one.
If you ever driven a 2007, or newer car, the only thing they need to do is refresh the looks, and stuff in the n54, and CA, and the car is golden. Considering this new x-car is built on the 2012 3er, they will have a winner hands down.
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Considering this new x-car is built on the 2012 3er, they will have a winner hands down.
They skipped the E90 platform when developing the F25 so they did not run into the same end of life issue that they are having now with the electronics architecture, the F20 platform started development early to make this happen and will be able to be upgraded as time rolls on.. it is going to be interesting!

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I can't wait! It should be an awesome car. I agree with Red-sauerkraut I have an 2007 and it is perfect for a small suv. I love driving it, its safe for my wife and my huge Alaskan malamute fits in the back in comfort. It just needs to be updated and have an N54.
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That is how they sit with a trailer in tow.

It will look more like it should with the roof rails in place.
oh i didnt see the trailer attached to it lol. makes sense now
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i have a x3 and trust me...in almost 30 years of bmw ownership, that one was the worse by far...yes the platform should improve certain ride issues but i was refering more to the design side...but who knows, when the camo comes off misght just surprise
If you have not driven the newer 07 n52 powered x3, it is a different car from the earlier years. Also...Something must be right, because that x-car owns about 15-18% of the euro small suv market, and is voted most reliable by many of the motoring clubs in Germany. Furthermore, if you reflect on the design details of new x1, you will know they are not playing around this time. In a short time, it may own the small premium suv market, hands down.

Expect the n54 w/about 325+hp, w/the 7speed DCT... -and maybe even the [twin-power] single turbocharged n55.

The DCT may in fact be the only tranny offered.
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I can't wait! It should be an awesome car. I agree with Red-sauerkraut I have an 2007 and it is perfect for a small suv. I love driving it, its safe for my wife and my huge Alaskan malamute fits in the back in comfort. It just needs to be updated and have an N54.
Yep, I simply love driving it...
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I have just take delivery of a 09 X3 3.0d
I originally had a 06 X3 3.0d

The 09 model is a 20% better car over the older one.
The turbo lag is much reduced, the autobox is much more responsive as well.
Interior costmetics are also up a notch ot two.
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I have just take delivery of a 09 X3 3.0d
I originally had a 06 X3 3.0d

The 09 model is a 20% better car over the older one.
The turbo lag is much reduced, the autobox is much more responsive as well.
Interior costmetics are also up a notch ot two.
Nice!

It would be nice if we had the 3.0d here...

I just had my Tranny flashed for the third time a week ago. Wow... is how I would describe Standard-Drive now. It pulls as if it was in Sport-Drive now, and I almost don't even need to move it over to Sport-Drive.

Huge improvement over the last Map that I had loaded.
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