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Alex Baumann
11-05-2002, 12:37 PM
here you go

Plaz
11-05-2002, 12:42 PM
:banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

·clyde·
11-05-2002, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by Alex Baumann
here you go

It's just the lines, but this particular exterior shot makes it look *almost* like a M coupe with a short hood and longer cabin :)...and that's not just rationalization talking. :(

Kaz
11-05-2002, 12:44 PM
I'd truly be pissed if the X3 displaces, rather than supplements the E46 Touring in the US.

As for the pics, that dash is much more a hybrid of current and Bangle 'bar' dash, and is far better than the latter.

The HACK
11-05-2002, 12:49 PM
Checkout the brake dust on those wheels. :thumbup: :D

Alex Baumann
11-05-2002, 12:52 PM
Kaz, there's no way that any of the X series will displace any touring models. Touring is selling damn good here. I'm seeing more and more 330xd on the Autobahn and believe me I'm having trouble to catch them on the top speed range.

Since they introduced the new 3.0 Liter diesel on the E65 (218HP), I'm expecting this engine to become an option in April/May when they launch the coupe facelift, maybe along with some new engines (valvetronic ? :dunno: )

But again, Touring stays.

DrBimmer
11-05-2002, 01:14 PM
Originally posted by Alex Baumann
Kaz, there's no way that any of the X series will displace any touring models. Touring is selling damn good here. I'm seeing more and more 330xd on the Autobahn and believe me I'm having trouble to catch them on the top speed range.

Since they introduced the new 3.0 Liter diesel on the E65 (218HP), I'm expecting this engine to become an option in April/May when they launch the coupe facelift, maybe along with some new engines (valvetronic ? :dunno: )

But again, Touring stays.

Ah, there is no questioning the existence of the touring in the Fatherland, but for the most part, we are all in America. The touring has had relatively poor sales here in the US market, and several sources have passed along rumors that BMWNA will stop importing it at some point. Will this happen? Who knows. All I know is that if the X3 is significantly less than the X5 and offers similar utility, it will be another hit in the US market, whether we like it or not. Of course I prefer a sedan/coupe/touring/cabrio like most people here, but I do see the need from time to time for a "larger" vehicle, and something like this might fit the bill. But it will never replace my E46, it would simply be an addition. We'll see how it looks, and most importantly, how it drives.

But beware, the Touring is being severely threatened in the US market.

Alex Baumann
11-05-2002, 01:20 PM
Originally posted by DrBimmer
But beware, the Touring is being severely threatened in the US market.

No worries, I'll send you guys a full ship load of Tourings :D

I'll start taking the orders when they stop the sales over there :)

·clyde·
11-05-2002, 01:22 PM
Originally posted by Alex Baumann


No worries, I'll send you guys a full ship load of Tourings :D

I'll start taking the orders when they stop the sales over there :)

I hope you can do better than BMWNA :D

Alex Baumann
11-05-2002, 01:25 PM
Originally posted by Clyde@work


I hope you can do better than BMWNA :D

Hey, I'm living in a port city :D shouldn't be a problem, I think.

in_d_haus
11-05-2002, 01:28 PM
ugly wheels

uter
11-05-2002, 02:21 PM
Originally posted by Alex Baumann
here you go

So, what's this thing got that I ain't got?
It doesn't really look like there's any more space, just a little more clearance for going over the mall parking lot speed bumps when the driver is "offroading".

Terry Kennedy
11-05-2002, 02:40 PM
Originally posted by Kaz
I'd truly be pissed if the X3 displaces, rather than supplements the E46 Touring in the US.
So will I, but it seems that is BMWNA's plan. I seem to have a reverse Midas Touch when it comes to cars - I bought a '95 Talon and not only the line but the whole brand sank without a trace after making hideous changes. And now I have a 2003 325xiT and it looks like the same thing is happening.

I want a car that has a decent amount of luxury along with a reasonable cargo space. The xiT is perfect for that. This X3 looks too tall and I am repelled by the interior. If I wanted something like that, I could go buy a WRX...

JPinTO
11-05-2002, 02:54 PM
Originally posted by in_d_haus
ugly wheels

They look like the X5 4.4's 19s.

·clyde·
11-05-2002, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by uter


So, what's this thing got that I ain't got?
It doesn't really look like there's any more space, just a little more clearance for going over the mall parking lot speed bumps when the driver is "offroading".

Guessing...a 3.0l will be available. Could make it interesting.

PhilH
11-05-2002, 05:36 PM
That interior is a real mixed bag.

The door panel gets a big :thumbdwn: :rolleyes: :banghead:

the hooded gauges get a :thumbdwn:

but the center portion of the dash looks much better than the 5-series spy pics or the fugly 7-series interior. :eeps:

Oh...the only reason I even care is that this may forshadow the future E90 interior. :dunno:

JPinTO
11-05-2002, 07:38 PM
Originally posted by PhilH
That interior is a real mixed bag.

The door panel gets a big :thumbdwn: :rolleyes: :banghead:

the hooded gauges get a :thumbdwn:

but the center portion of the dash looks much better than the 5-series spy pics or the fugly 7-series interior. :eeps:

Oh...the only reason I even care is that this may forshadow the future E90 interior. :dunno:

Door panels & instrument cluster look just like the Z4.

fastcat
11-22-2002, 01:01 AM
Exterior looks like a fugly mini-Range Rover.

Interior is a hideous mish-mash. :tsk: :thumbdwn:

Nick325xiT 5spd
11-22-2002, 07:20 AM
:bawling: :bawling: :bawling:

ChrisTO
11-23-2002, 10:43 PM
where's the petition to oust Bangle. same sausage different length.

ZBB 325Ci
12-18-2002, 04:29 PM
Bump... Now that the "XActivity" photos have been released, I figured it was time to bump this...

Its interesting looking at these spy shots again... You can definately tell that the XActivity is a gussied up show car version of this test X3...

Unfortunately, it looks like the XActivity's rear side window treatment (with a lazy Hofmeister kink) looks to be part of the final design -- RS2's 2nd pic (somewhat camoflaged) seams to show that kink...

Oh well, I was hoping the X3 would look more like the photoshopped spy shots that circulated about a year ago or so... Now it looks like it'll be another Bangled up new BMW... Yuck

heat010
12-20-2002, 09:25 AM
They have a full story on it with prototype pictures. Man the interior dash looks just like the Z4. I guess their trying to save money by generically designing across all the brand lines. We can only imagine what the price is going to be set for it. Should have plenty of hp for the size though.

Blitz325CI
01-12-2003, 09:52 PM
Looking at these spy cams, the back of the car looks fine but I do not like the headlight assembly or the front end for the most part. However, I'm sure the model will change as far as looks before the final X3 pictures comes out. Honestly, I don't think they should make it resemble more like the actual X5. You know, kind of like a Navigator/Aviator kind of thing from Lincoln.

I say give BMW a chance with this car and let's see what they can come up with. I am guessing that this is going to replace the touring editions from the 3 Series lineup!!

AmericanPsycho
01-16-2003, 10:51 AM
http://www.germancarfans.com/photos/3021218.001/1001.jpg

http://www.germancarfans.com/photos/3021218.001/1002.jpg

http://www.germancarfans.com/photos/3021218.001/1005.jpg

http://www.germancarfans.com/photos/3021218.001/1007.jpg

http://www.germancarfans.com/photos/3021218.001/1006.jpg

this isnt the X3, its the x activity...but i bet they will look very similar. These cars are hideous!!!!!!!!

3LOU5
01-21-2003, 03:05 AM
:tsk: :tsk:

Teej
01-30-2003, 03:16 PM
more pics here:
http://germancarfans.zeroforum.com/zerothread?id=2655

don't see I-drive :thumbup:
http://members.lycos.nl/autoscoop/bmwx3scoop7.jpg

Jetfire
01-30-2003, 05:10 PM
:banghead: at me all you want, but I don't think it's so bad. Whether it's actually more useful than a 3-series Touring, I don't know....but it looks like it'll do fairly well.

·clyde·
01-30-2003, 06:36 PM
http://bilnytt.spray.se/scoop/BMW%20testar%20X3%20p%E5%20N%FCrburging/BMWX3stor2.jpg

No one give me **** for having a jacked up wagon anymore, 'mkay? :mad:

Jetfire
01-30-2003, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by Clyde@work
http://bilnytt.spray.se/scoop/BMW%20testar%20X3%20p%E5%20N%FCrburging/BMWX3stor2.jpg


It does look like there's some extra trunk space back there. But man, I hope they do something about that monster truck lift.

·clyde·
01-30-2003, 06:54 PM
Originally posted by Jetfire
But man, I hope they do something about that monster truck lift.

Something like this?

http://galleries.wheels24.co.za/cars/bmw/x3/images/09.jpg

Jetfire
01-30-2003, 07:20 PM
Originally posted by Clyde@work
Something like this?


Adjustable? Interesting.

Tominizer
02-25-2003, 12:27 PM
Time for the Americans to invade Europe again, capture Bungle-Boy, and launch him into orbit with all the other space junk. This is awful stuff. :bawling: Is there no one listening to the outcry. I've heard nothing but complaints about Chris and his fuggly pen-manship. :thumbdwn:

supercharged
03-03-2003, 09:17 AM
Wow that X3 is hot I hope I didn't make a big mistake in getting the 540it could have saved a good 10K, Maybe I should change my order

bdb
03-09-2003, 05:29 PM
Is Jon taking pre-orders yet?

They are supposed to be here in the fall.