X3 gets a spruce-up
THERE is stiff competition for the wallets of SUV buyers, and BMW is determined not to give up any ground held by its popular X3.
The next version – caught on camera by Carparazzi in the US – will look little different from the current model, but gains a little more size and a bolder grille set off by wraparound headlight clusters.
Now facing fresh challenges from the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60, the BMW X3 has reportedly been given an upgraded cabin treatment.
And it is rumoured that it will also have the twinturbo petrol engine from the 335i and the two-litre turbodiesel, while there is also talk of a hybrid version.
BMW spokesman Tim James says the X3 is likely to be here by the end of next year, but there is no confirmation yet of the new engines. ‘‘As far as we know, the timing is for it to arrive in 2011," he says. ‘‘It may not be likely we’ll get the 335i engine here, where there’s a strong appetite for diesels, but it’s too early to say yet. The volume seller for us is the turbodiesel xDrive 20d."
Mr James says BMW is confident the X3 will con- tinue its success, which saw sales rise after the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 arrived and stirred up fresh interest i n the market. ‘‘The last two years of the X3’s life cycle have been its most successful – we did 140 to 150 a month last year – and we expect that to continue or improve."