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giulivo72
02-27-2008, 02:16 PM
Hello. This should be with us in the 1st quarter of 2009, if Auto Motor und Sport is to be believed, despite being called the 2010. Hopefully just in time for my new company car due end of April. The wife is a big fan of BMW and keen on a SUV. :)

kjboyd
02-27-2008, 02:33 PM
that's GERMAN model year. not US. IF at all. In the US, the models run 7 year cycles, so it's likely not to be here until fall of 2010, as an 11 model.

x3nick
02-27-2008, 03:49 PM
I think you'll find that is the new X5 not an X3.

Mystic1
02-27-2008, 04:46 PM
Looks alot like an X5, but I think it looks a little too short to be one. So that should be an X3.

Ninja333
02-27-2008, 06:49 PM
i like the new shape...a resemble of its big brother X5 and yet very compact with aggressive styling.

villajoe
02-27-2008, 07:35 PM
an improvement i guess

Sonoman707
02-27-2008, 07:47 PM
an improvement i guess

It may grow on me - but I personally like the current styling "way much" over that...

Front end looks too heavy and boxy - the grill too big... and I still haven't grown to love the Dame Edna's. :dunno:

archrenov8
02-28-2008, 04:34 AM
I think it looks more like a face-lifted X5 rather than the X3 II, because the distinguishing elements here are just evolutionary, typical of a mid-run facelift. For instance, if you compare this to the current X5, you will see that the headlights are basically the same, but other front fascia elements have been modified somewhat, and there are some evolutionary detail changes to the cladding in the rocker panel area.

There was a Top Speed prediction recently on what is in store for the next X3, dubbed the X3 II, and I think that it is far more credible, as its design cues are based more on 3 series elements.

But I think that the biggest clue here that would discredit this eGM CarTech photo as being the next X3 would be the window graphic. The current X3 has a sharp, linear upward angle of the sill in the rear quarter window graphic which is also evident on the TopSpeed photo of the X3 II, whereas any upward kick in the sill line is just hinted at on the current X5 and on this eGM CarTech photo.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=259849

STE92VE
02-28-2008, 05:09 AM
Everyone needs to keep in mind that the photo clearly states Illustration.

It is only someone's idea what the next gen X3 will look like. Just like this was an illustration of what the new E92 was supposed to be:
http://phark.typepad.com/phark/images/coupe_sideview-thumb.jpg

Another feature of this X3 illustration that distinguishes it from an X5 is that the hood and grille are 2 separate pieces whereas on the X5 the hood and grille are one.

It may be close, but no cigar. We'll have to wait for any spy shots that surface when production of the next gen X3 begins in SC sometime this year. Remember, BMW produces pre-production vehicles of a new, redesigned model at least 1 year ahead of the release to the general public.

STE92VE
02-28-2008, 05:16 AM
Oh, and this looks like the original image that the illustration was based from:

http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/firstdrive/2007/bmw.x3.3.0si/07.bmw.x3.act.2.500.jpg

CanadianDriver
02-28-2008, 11:44 AM
... But I think that the biggest clue here that would discredit this eGM CarTech photo as being the next X3 would be the window graphic. The current X3 has a sharp, linear upward angle of the sill in the rear quarter window graphic which is also evident on the TopSpeed photo of the X3 II, whereas any upward kick in the sill line is just hinted at on the current X5 and on this eGM CarTech photo.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=259849

good catch archrenov8 :thumbup:
the lack of "Hoffmeister kink" gave first pic away

archrenov8
02-28-2008, 09:31 PM
Exactly. There are times, when I just see an X-series go by in profile, and I am wondering, hmmm, is it a 3 or a 5, I just look at the window graphic for a quick answer.

giulivo72
03-03-2008, 04:24 AM
Oh, and this looks like the original image that the illustration was based from:

http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/firstdrive/2007/bmw.x3.3.0si/07.bmw.x3.act.2.500.jpg

That's true, well spotted

Yes I know I am talking about European MY, but that's all that matters to me; whether or not I will be able to order one here in Spain when my company car is due for replacement at the end of April 2009.