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Charger
02-04-2005, 02:47 PM
<A HREF="http://box.motorline.cc/slideshow/image.asp?id=29964&width=435&height=290&text=auto&quality=70" TARGET="_blank">http://box.motorline.cc/slides...ty=70</A><br><A HREF="http://box.motorline.cc/slideshow/image.asp?id=29965&width=435&height=290&text=auto&quality=70" TARGET="_blank">http://box.motorline.cc/slides...ty=70</A><br><A HREF="http://box.motorline.cc/slideshow/image.asp?id=29966&width=435&height=290&text=auto&quality=70" TARGET="_blank">http://box.motorline.cc/slides...ty=70</A><br>source: motorline<p>This doesnt need a facelift, it needs a redesign <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by DSC-OFF at 9:51 AM 5/23/2006</i>

Dal
02-04-2005, 02:48 PM
new grill and bumper ???<p>they could atleast change the lights

Hornbag
02-04-2005, 04:27 PM
Is this just me, or did this thing get a facelife VERY fast? How is the X3 selling?

VexedandGlorious
02-04-2005, 04:57 PM
first the 7 now this.<p>Cant be to good.

LEXUS FAN!
02-04-2005, 05:15 PM
thank god they are chaning the back of it

Tidal
02-04-2005, 05:33 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>LEXUS FAN!</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">thank god they are chaning the back of it</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Were do you see changes? The lights are still hideous... This should be one of those light Bmw restylings, more focused on the mechanical aspects imo ( new 6 cylinders ).

SV
02-04-2005, 06:31 PM
let's hope they give the interior a complete makeover, the current one isn't too impressive

LEXUS FAN!
02-04-2005, 11:17 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DVieira</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Were do you see changes? The lights are still hideous... This should be one of those light Bmw restylings, more focused on the mechanical aspects imo ( new 6 cylinders ).</TD></TR></TABLE><p>i thought they changed the bottom of the trunk lid to the paint color instead of plastic, but they kept the station wagon looking back

Andre
02-04-2005, 11:59 PM
BMW is developing new V6 engines, so I would expec this to be more of an engine upgrade as well. BTW, the 7er was launched in mid 2002, and the facelift will launch in mid to late 2005, it was not rushed.<p>The X3 was launched in late 2003, it's been slow, but if BMW is testing for a year this should launch Spring 2006 as a 2007 model... once again being in a perfect time frame for a facelift

Vatican
02-05-2005, 12:05 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SV3</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">let's hope they give the interior a complete makeover, the current one isn't too impressive</TD></TR></TABLE><p>let's hope they give their whole design team a complete makeover ... starting with you know who.<p>Seriously, I'm trying hard to fall in love with ANY new BMW. It just ain't happening.<p>I tried to be "challenged" with an open mind ... but after few months of looking and then looking again at these designs ....They are all barely acceptable. <p>And this X3 is a joke. Inside and out. Park two of them side by side, and you'll see a pair of shoes.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1zhelp.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1zhelp.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1zhelp.gif" BORDER="0">

Laguna
02-05-2005, 04:10 AM
Why are they doing a facelift? I would redesign the whole car. LOL. Good joke Vatican. They had tested the X3 on Top Gear on at 8:00pm ( England time) on Sundays BBC 2 anyway it got stuck in the mud and had to be pulled out by a Land Rover Discovery.

bm88
02-05-2005, 04:40 AM
...and a tractor...and it got stuck like 4 times...

Laguna
02-05-2005, 04:41 AM
yeah. 4 times!!! That is very poor in my book

Tidal
02-05-2005, 05:14 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Andre</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">BMW is developing new V6 engines</TD></TR></TABLE><p>What?

Laguna
02-05-2005, 10:18 AM
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Laguna
02-05-2005, 10:20 AM
They are doing V6 engines

badman
02-05-2005, 11:49 AM
No they aren't. BMW swears by inline 6 engines (the latest batch of which is being gradually phased into the model line-up right now).<p>Related to the X3, any sign of the IS top model that was reportedly caught testing a couple times last year?

Denali
02-05-2005, 11:59 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag_1</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Is this just me, or did this thing get a facelife VERY fast? How is the X3 selling?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>not good

badman
02-05-2005, 12:14 PM
In 2004, the X3 sold about as many units as the X5 (in the US, that is - I can't seem to find worldwide sales #s for the X5). Worldwide, 92,267 X3s were sold last year. I'm not sure 'not good' is the term I would use to describe that number. :P

Vatican
02-05-2005, 01:19 PM
I only started to see X3s on the streets herein Montreal after BMW canada lowered the lease rates considerably. So with monthly payments close to a Jeep Laredo theX3 started to sell (lease) much better. Before that,it only made buyers realize that the X5 is a better deal.<p>

DoMiNo
02-05-2005, 01:49 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Denali</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>not good</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm not sure about elsewhere... but I see billboards touting BMWs "free service plan" EVERYWHERE (in Los Angeles, anyway... where I go to school). It seems like they're not really pushing the cars themselves as much as the warranties and such. The X3, incidentally, is pictured on most of them (or the 6er). Could this be BMW admitting "Alright, geez, we screwed this one up... but <I>WOW</I> that's one hell of a service plan"? Interesting coincidence, anyway, if indeed the X3 is a sales bomb. <p>On that note, however, plenty of snobby sorority girls on campus drive these things... so it has a bit of a loyal following, anyway.

TeeDi
02-05-2005, 04:19 PM
The BMW X5 is the biggest selling Luxury SUV in Australia and has been for a few year's. <p>The BMW X3 has also been selling well and has constantly been number 3 in the Luxury SUV sales chart's, behind the BMW X5 and the Lexus RX330.<p>I'm thinking that this upgrade, could be an up and coming "High Performance" version of the X3. Could be wrong though....<p>

Hornbag
02-05-2005, 05:33 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>TeeDi</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The BMW X5 is the biggest selling Luxury SUV in Australia and has been for a few year's. <p>The BMW X3 has also been selling well and has constantly been number 3 in the Luxury SUV sales chart's, behind the BMW X5 and the Lexus RX330.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Is dat u James?

turbonium959
02-05-2005, 06:39 PM
You know, BMW used to be all about class, inside and out. Now, I think, its the most confusing brand there is in its segment.

Naga Royal Guard
02-05-2005, 06:48 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Andre</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">BMW is developing new V6 engines</TD></TR></TABLE><p>thank GOD that BMW has decided to make V6 engines, i only hope that they will derive it from the Ford Duratec <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

Top Secret
02-05-2005, 07:49 PM
Why would BMW develop V6 engines? Inline 6's are infintely better than the V6's, let's just hope that BMW doesn't lose the one thing they were most famous for - their awesome engines.

Hornbag
02-05-2005, 08:49 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Top Secret</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Inline 6's are infintely better than the V6's</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I fully agree, thats why the Falcon is so much better than the Commodore! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> NO, joke, sorry. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0"> LOL<p>BMW wouldnt do that <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/scared.gif" BORDER="0"> , the engines and driving dynamics <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0"> are the only things that modern day Beemers bear from their predesestors. If they did it would be a terrible shame. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0">

knicks125
02-05-2005, 10:12 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Top Secret</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Why would BMW develop V6 engines? Inline 6's are infintely better than the V6's, let's just hope that BMW doesn't lose the one thing they were most famous for - their awesome engines.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I wouldn't go that far and make that statement, as there are some very well-designed V6 engines.<p>I agree with you BMW's I6 is great, but don't count out some of the other automakers and their V6s.<p>If BMW can create something even better than its current I6, then I'd say why not!

iamalittlepepper
02-05-2005, 11:31 PM
BMW always have free service for duration of the warranty of the car.. that's nothing new since the E39 series.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DoMiNo</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm not sure about elsewhere... but I see billboards touting BMWs "free service plan" EVERYWHERE (in Los Angeles, anyway... where I go to school). It seems like they're not really pushing the cars themselves as much as the warranties and such. The X3, incidentally, is pictured on most of them (or the 6er). Could this be BMW admitting "Alright, geez, we screwed this one up... but <I>WOW</I> that's one hell of a service plan"? Interesting coincidence, anyway, if indeed the X3 is a sales bomb. <p>On that note, however, plenty of snobby sorority girls on campus drive these things... so it has a bit of a loyal following, anyway.</TD></TR></TABLE>

iamalittlepepper
02-05-2005, 11:33 PM
That doesn't make sense the R6 just came out and is an all new design. You honestly think BMW has that much money to piss away?<p>Not to mention V6 configuration would need to change exisiting structures quite a bit... even if it is a reality it won't make it in this gens car.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Laguna</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">They are doing V6 engines</TD></TR></TABLE><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by iamalittlepepper at 10:39 PM 2/5/2005</i>

DoMiNo
02-06-2005, 12:19 AM
It's that they're advertising the service more than the product that interests me. Not the service plan. Thanks though.

scott26
02-06-2005, 11:50 AM
BMW do not believe in V6 engines - a V6 is not to our priorities - Because we use inline six cylinder engines that is essentially part of our mantra - defy convention of other car manufacturers .<p>The X3 is selling well with countries experiencing waiting lists for several models all markets are not complete as yet . <p>The X3 will get a smaller makeover before the new X5 arrives in mid 2006.<br>The next X5 will make the marketing and segment of the X3 become clearer as the next X5 expands up a class - with top versions going after the Cayenne Turbo etc. <br>BMW have now unfrozen their plans for X7 hich will aim for the next G-Klasse's jugular. <p>In the meantime two top line models will arrive to top the X3 range off . mainly the iS which and the 3.5d variants . BMW reckons that the 3.5d will be a sales success in Europe were high performance diesels are rapidly rising in sales success. Minor specification details and cosmetic changes mark out the top models from the other X3 models in the range.

GJR
02-07-2005, 02:22 PM
My guess is that BMW upped the advertising of their "free service" plan after Mercedes-Benz recently withdrew their version of the plan and started charging for service.

shonguiz
02-08-2005, 11:17 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scott26</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>BMW have now unfrozen their plans for X7 hich will aim for the next G-Klasse's jugular. <br></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Intresting.

Charger
03-27-2005, 07:11 AM
<A HREF="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/Car/BMW/X3/21355649131.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocarmagazine.co....1.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk/Car/BMW/X3/2.0d5dr4x4/925512921.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocarmagazine.co....1.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/BMW/X3/2.0dSE5dr4x4/14124412205.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocarmagazine.co....5.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/BMW/X3/2.0dSE5dr4x4/14124412236.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocarmagazine.co....6.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://www.autocarmagazine.co.uk//Car/BMW/X3/2135565090.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autocarmagazine.co....0.jpg</A><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">BMW is moving to facelift the X3 4x4 in record time. Autocars spies have caught this undisguised prototype less than a year after the car was launched. BMW design boss Chris Bangle recently said it was time for another design revolution at BMW. This rapid makeover suggests bosses didnt care much for the old way of doing things.<p>Close examination shows that the whole of the X3s nose moulding has been redesigned as well as the sill covers and the rear bumper. The current car (right) has a very distinctive  and many say very ugly  bumper, which stands proud from the cars nose under the headlights.<p>The front bumper and grille are now one-piece and the collection of sharp edges, slots and mesh intakes have been swept away for a slicker look. The driving lights have also been repositioned.<p>The rather meanly styled sill covers have been replaced by a wider, more substantial moulding with a stainless tread plate fitted to its surface.<p>At the back, the bumper and lower tailgate cover have also been re-designed, with a more X5-like valance, and the tailgate is now flush with the bumper face. The X3 should also get improvements to the ride and it could be fitted with the twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel engine. Theres no word on a launch date.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><br>autocar

Roadster44
03-27-2005, 07:44 AM
There is an array of issues plaguing this vehicle's sales.<br>It rides too harsh<br>Interior is so-so<br>Off-road it isn't good<br>Styling turns some off (that black moulding)<br>Pricing for top of the line X3 puts it above competition and almost on par with X5 which may be base, but still well equipped, sorted out of the bugs and just a much better buy.<br>

AM2
03-27-2005, 08:05 AM
So is it going to look anything close to the X3 with the sports package?<br><IMG SRC="http://img191.exs.cx/img191/4272/bmwx3sportseditionfront9ro.jpg" BORDER="0">

Charger
03-27-2005, 08:06 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AM2</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So is it going to look anything close to the X3 with the sports package?<br><IMG SRC="http://img191.exs.cx/img191/4272/bmwx3sportseditionfront9ro.jpg" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><br>I hope so, that black plastic is just terrible.

BMW rulez
03-27-2005, 08:32 AM
To me its the front and rear lights that ruin the car most.....

RikfromBelgium
03-27-2005, 11:03 AM
It's really hard to see the difference. Why would they do this in the first place??? X3 is doing great <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0">

Comrade
03-27-2005, 01:51 PM
Sure it's doing great? I only see it once per month.

IcedG35
03-27-2005, 03:18 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Charger</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I hope so, that black plastic is just terrible.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The sport package doesn't come with that bumper, it's part of an available factory body kit so hopefully that will still be available.

Ascariss
03-27-2005, 05:55 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Comrade</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sure it's doing great? I only see it once per month. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Wher are you located? I see 3-5 on a daily basis. Slowly seeing more and more, x5 is still dominant but I am sure the X3 will eventually find its market.

Comrade
03-27-2005, 07:06 PM
I guess its just my town. Anyway I like the concept of the X3. It handles like a car and has the space of an SUV. I meant "SAV". It's just the head and tail lights and the plastic that I don't like. This should improve it a bit <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

erzhik
03-27-2005, 07:11 PM
I didn't get it..What's the difference? Lights look the same to me..

Comrade
03-27-2005, 09:29 PM
I meant the removing of plastics on the exterior is going to improve the car's look.

Uberwagon
03-28-2005, 12:53 AM
I seem to see a fair number of them here in LA. But then, we see Bentley Continental GT's all over the place so...<p>IMHO, the X3 needs a serious re-tuning rather than a touch-up. Suspension and interior are terribly un-BMW. Really poor dynamics and quality. I've had BMW's for years and currently own a 5-touring: Apart from sitting higher and filling a marketing niche, there doesn't seem to be a point to the X3. Perhaps you folks in colder climates might differ on this?<p>Just a rant.

Fcuke
03-28-2005, 08:08 AM
THe new X3, yes. I don't think todays X3 look good in any other colour than black, bacause of the black plastic bumper, But the M-sport package and the AC Schnitzer-styling on it look great, but as I expected, the new one will come with a painted bumper. It'll look great! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

Ascariss
04-29-2005, 11:39 AM
<IMG SRC="http://premium1.uploadit.org/ascariss//IMG_1744.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://premium1.uploadit.org/ascariss//IMG_1745.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Thanks to Ewans for the pictures.

RikfromBelgium
07-01-2005, 03:03 AM
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nstreet16
07-08-2005, 11:48 AM
Glad to see they got rid of the plain bumper and put it more of a unicolored SUV.

jlaidler
07-08-2005, 12:05 PM
This may rival the Passat facelift of a few years back as one of the best ever. Much improved for the subtle changes.

bm88
07-08-2005, 12:48 PM
Looks like the X5 LeMans concept in that moody gray colour!<p>I agree, one of the best facelifts ever!

V10
07-12-2005, 04:53 AM
It's not a facelift, it is the M-sport package...<br><A HREF="http://www.auto-motor-sport.de/d/87071" TARGET="_blank">http://www.auto-motor-sport.de/d/87071</A>

Chris_Doane
08-03-2005, 11:01 PM
Anyone ever find official word (like a BMW press release) on what this X3 is?<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by CD-BP at 12:07 AM 8/4/2005</i>

T.B.
08-04-2005, 01:41 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CD-BP</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Anyone ever find official word (like a BMW press release) on what this X3 is?<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p><A HREF="http://www.germancarfans.com/news.cfm/newsid/2050726.003/page/7/lang/eng/bmw/1.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.germancarfans.com/n....html</A>

DSC-OFF
01-21-2006, 11:09 AM
<A HREF="http://www.germancarfans.com/spyphotos/6060117.001/6060117.001.1L.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.germancarfans.com/s...L.jpg</A><p>On sale late 2006, new body-colored front/rear fascias, headlights, 2.5L 218hp I6 (i imagine only in Europe), 3.0L Diesel 231hp & 3.0L 258hp I6'<p><A HREF="http://www.germancarfans.com/spyphotos.cfm/spyphotoid/6060117.001" TARGET="_blank">GCF</A>

wmb
02-01-2006, 02:41 PM
uberwagon, your mistaken...the x3 is the best handling SUV/SAV on the road out there period. Sure the ride is harsh, but if you want good driving dynamics on such a tall car, your going to have make sacrifices somewhere - and BMW did in making tight suspension.other things to consider: If I can recall correctly, car and driver got 0.88g on the skidpad... Highest ever for any SUV - outhandles many so called 'sport sedans'...2005/06 models have a significantly improved interior over the 04's. Also have softer suspension.Basically, what I am trying to say is, at the end of the day, the X3 really isn't BMW's bastard child as everyone claims it is...

SHEPO
02-01-2006, 04:35 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DSC-OFF (formerly jesse)</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><A HREF="http://www.germancarfans.com/spyphotos/6060117.001/6060117.001.1L.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.germancarfans.com/s...L.jpg</A><p>On sale late 2006, new body-colored front/rear fascias, headlights, 2.5L 218hp I6 (i imagine only in Europe), 3.0L Diesel 231hp & 3.0L 258hp I6'<p><A HREF="http://www.germancarfans.com/spyphotos.cfm/spyphotoid/6060117.001" TARGET="_blank">GCF</A></TD></TR></TABLE><p>this is already out in the U.S., but we only get the 3.0L I6 this time around...

wmb
02-05-2006, 02:21 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>FerrariSheppy36</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>this is already out in the U.S., but we only get the 3.0L I6 this time around...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>actually we have a modified version of the european 'M' bodykit <B>already available in europe</B>, over here in the U.S. There are 4 official BMW body kits for the X3: Aerokit I, Aerokit II, 'M' bodykit and the U.S. non-sport 'M' Bodykit.<p>Currently for 2006, the X3 is sold in the U.S. either with the non-sport U.S. 'M' bodykit for cars without the sportspackage, and with the traditional 'M' bodykit (available around the world as an add-on) for the sport packaged cars.<p>(btw, incase you were wondering, the difference between the normal 'M' bodykit and the U.S. nonsport 'M' bodykit consists of the nonsport version not having painted sideskirts and wheel arches)<p><B>So I think what GCF is talking about in that post is an entirely new 'standard' bumper available for all countries. (The U.S. is the only country to now get X3's standard without Black bumpers). </B><p>Whether not BMWUSA will use this new bumpers for 2007 X3's or simply keep the current 'M' bodykit's I do not know... but I guess we will find out <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by wmb at 1:27 PM 2/5/2006</i>

enit
02-27-2006, 06:22 PM
<A HREF="http://media.autobild.de/bild/1/99c86195e317be2b8d8c1c2df3139ee1_1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.autobild.de/bild/...1.jpg</A> <p><A HREF="http://media.autobild.de/bild/A/9e19fdecbe2aa0efbd1eedb4758f587a_1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.autobild.de/bild/...1.jpg</A><br>

against the wall
02-27-2006, 07:07 PM
ooo what a drastic facelift *rolls eyes*

kid
02-27-2006, 08:23 PM
there is actually a lot more there than appears..new lower fascia, less cladding, new rims, new intake under the kidneys, reshaped kidneys, new foglamps?<p>less cladding on the rear and other than that i cant tell on the rear

wmb
02-27-2006, 11:13 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>the kid 89</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">there is actually a lot more there than appears..new lower fascia, less cladding, new rims, new intake under the kidneys, reshaped kidneys, new foglamps?<p>less cladding on the rear and other than that i cant tell on the rear</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Hmm... don't mean to burst your bubble, but those are chops, not 'real life' pictures (would therefore contain no cladding or any other prototype material).<p>They were designed by Huckfelt, who is always 'in the know' about new unreleased cars. What we see in the chops here are probably extremely close to the final refreshed X3.<p>I think these chops are really good. BMW has managed to really clean up the X3, and the design now looks much more put together then before...

RikfromBelgium
02-28-2006, 02:46 AM
and, as expected, once the new X5 is almost there ( bigger and better ) the X3 can move up the ladder

DSC-OFF
03-17-2006, 02:20 PM
<A HREF="http://media.autobild.de/bild/0/1c911d4ec0e15db222463bf65482cc00_1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.autobild.de/bild/...1.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://www.autobild.de" TARGET="_blank">AutoBild</A><br> <br>

Charger
04-25-2006, 09:07 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>techead979</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><A HREF="http://www.worldcarfans.com/spyphotos.cfm/country/gcf/spyphotoID/6060425.002/bmw/more-bmw-x3-facelift-spy-photos" TARGET="_blank">http://www.worldcarfans.com/sp...hotos</A></TD></TR></TABLE>

baj
04-25-2006, 10:06 AM
<A HREF="http://cars.msn.co.uk/carnews/icedriveapr06/#16" TARGET="_blank">http://cars.msn.co.uk/carnews/icedriveapr06/#16</A><p>Is this the new X3 in silver on this MSN article? (pics 10, 11 and 12)

baj
04-25-2006, 10:54 AM
Sorry, pics 9, 10 and 11 of 15 on MSN

TitanSteel
04-25-2006, 12:27 PM
The silver car is a 2006 X3. BMW removed the excessive black plastic front end for MY 2006. This is not the future facelifted X3. That model will feature more drastic body changes and also will switch to the new N52 engines.

techead979
04-25-2006, 12:37 PM
Do you know if they will only bring the X3 3.0i to the US with the new engines?<p>Also, how do you know they are going to bring the new engines for MY 07?

TitanSteel
04-25-2006, 12:51 PM
There should be a 3.0i (215 hp) and a 3.0si (255 hp) X3 when the facelifted model is unveiled. The old 2.5i was underpowered (184 hp), so they took it out of production, leaving the 225 hp 3.0 for 2006. I'm not quite positive when all this will happen, but the new engines most definitely will be in the facelifted model. They have been introduced in the 3-series, and have been put in the 5 and Z4 models. The X5 won't get them yet because an all new X5 will be unveiled later this year as a 2007 model.

scott26
04-25-2006, 02:06 PM
The Autobild photoshop is spot on: Only minor changes not a drastic overhaul in keeping with the success and popularity of the X3 which has sent rivals to the drawing boards with their upcoming Q5 (Audi) and MLK (Mercedes-Benz ) and with the upcoming Land Rover Freelander going up in scale BMW are preparing for the onslaught that is coming along with new engines and better materials in the cockpit some changes underneath especially to refinement and overall ride will be updated . <br>Aswell as following the X5 the X3 will also gain an iS model at about this time next year , With the 335i gaining the turbo engine first and then the (european) X5 second . <br>Further products will receive the engine including the 5er and the X3 iS.

techead979
04-25-2006, 02:09 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scott26</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The Autobild photoshop is spot on: Only minor changes not a drastic overhaul in keeping with the success and popularity of the X3 which has sent rivals to the drawing boards with their upcoming Q5 (Audi) and MLK (Mercedes-Benz ) and with the upcoming Land Rover Freelander going up in scale BMW are preparing for the onslaught that is coming along with new engines and better materials in the cockpit some changes underneath especially to refinement and overall ride will be updated . <br>Aswell as following the X5 the X3 will also gain an iS model at about this time next year , With the 335i gaining the turbo engine first and then the (european) X5 second . <br>Further products will receive the engine including the 5er and the X3 iS.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>do you know if the cockpit will be upgraded with the new 3-series dash?

scott26
04-25-2006, 02:29 PM
No . The design will stay the same .

techead979
04-25-2006, 02:50 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scott26</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">No . The design will stay the same .</TD></TR></TABLE><p>So then what do they mean by upgrading the interior...even some articles said better materials? Can you elaborate and just curious, do you know this for sure and how?

enit
04-25-2006, 02:53 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>techead979</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>So then what do they mean by upgrading the interior...even some articles said better materials? Can you elaborate and just curious, do you know this for sure and how?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I've heard materials will be upgraded, and more wood / alu trims will be used in the dash.

Nurburgring
04-25-2006, 03:58 PM
I wish it was more than that. The RDX looks very interesting and the X3 just doesnt appeal me. Just my penny!

DSC-OFF
04-26-2006, 02:50 PM
<IMG SRC="http://media.autobild.de/bilder/hefte/autobild_allesallrad_200605.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><A HREF="http://www.autobild.de" TARGET="_blank">AutoBild</A><br> <br>

Charger
05-04-2006, 07:07 AM
<A HREF="http://www.worldcarfans.com/spyphotos.cfm/spyphotoid/6060504.001/country/gcf/bmw/new-bmw-x3-facelift-uncovered" TARGET="_blank">http://www.worldcarfans.com/sp...vered</A>

RikfromBelgium
05-04-2006, 10:03 AM
the first one is just the M-package I believe

Mil
05-04-2006, 10:43 AM
Are ou sure?<br>The bumper is changing to this style i think, instead of the plastci look.

SHEPO
05-04-2006, 12:26 PM
It looks almost exactly the same to me, save the bumpers. Not exactly my idea of a "major facelift" <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0">

Mil
05-04-2006, 12:30 PM
yeah, its not a major facelift, but im pretty sure that the curent x3 has a plastic bumper, <br>and since the car is not a real off-roader i think BMW are giving it a sport treatment like the X5, <br>so it looks more like a soft-roader.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0">

enit
05-04-2006, 01:22 PM
This is just X3 with M package exterior trim (standard in US market).<p>Lehmann & WCF are just wrong. Again. <p>I'm sorry to say but publishing Lehmann's articles puts WCF on Autospies level.

Mil
05-04-2006, 01:37 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>enit</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">...I'm sorry to say but publishing Lehmann's articles puts WCF on Autospies level. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>thats a good metaphor... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0">

ROCKAPIX
05-10-2006, 10:18 AM
Lehmann ist not too wrong. The white (silver?) one has the (partially covered) rear lights of the upcoming facelift. I know it because I drove behind a fl-x3 some weeks ago. The rear lights of the facelift have the 'light stripes' (dunno how to call them) of the current E90 / facelifted E39 rear lights. YKWIM? Unfortunately I had no chance to take pictures because it was too dark - 05:45 AM.

enit
05-10-2006, 10:30 AM
True. <p>The white / silver cars from previous article are indeed the facelifted X3s (CELIS LED in head & rear lights, different grill, bumpers, rear light graphics). <p>But for the blue one in the latest article they claim "X3 Facelift Uncovered", while the car in the pic is just a pre-FL X3 with M package exterior trim.

DSC-OFF
05-23-2006, 06:53 AM
<A HREF="http://www.germancarfans.com/spyphotos/6060523.002/6060523.002.mini1L.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.germancarfans.com/s...L.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://www.germancarfans.com/spyphotos/6060523.002/6060523.002.mini2L.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://www.germancarfans.com/s...L.jpg</A><p><A HREF="http://www.germancarfans.com" TARGET="_blank">GCF</A><br> <br>

TitanSteel
05-23-2006, 07:07 AM
Is that chopped at all?

Santeno
05-23-2006, 07:25 AM
It's a lehman photo. My guess is yes it's been touched up. Probably to remove bumper camo.

RikfromBelgium
05-23-2006, 07:46 AM
it's clearly touched up. So touched up you need the original pictures to show if it's actually the facelift and not the M-package.

protocatcher
05-23-2006, 09:56 AM
The only thing touched up on this pic is coloring the black parts. Nothing else changed.

RikfromBelgium
05-23-2006, 10:12 AM
my bad, it's the facelift. The rearlights give it away.

SHEPO
05-23-2006, 01:59 PM
Doesn't look changed at all except for the bumpers. Looks worse IMO.

enit
05-23-2006, 02:16 PM
Lehmann PSed the camo (redesigned it, not just colored it). <p>This is how the facelifted X3 will look like:<p><A HREF="http://media.autobild.de/bild/1/99c86195e317be2b8d8c1c2df3139ee1_1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.autobild.de/bild/...1.jpg</A> <p><A HREF="http://media.autobild.de/bild/A/9e19fdecbe2aa0efbd1eedb4758f587a_1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://media.autobild.de/bild/...1.jpg</A><br>

techead979
05-23-2006, 02:33 PM
I've been reading about BMW redoing the interior (more luxurious)...<p>...have yet to see any spy photos or renderings of it

techead979
06-01-2006, 07:13 AM
I know they're upgrading the engines on the 07 X3. <p>Does anyone know if they are planning on bringing both the 2.5i and 3.0i back or just the 3.0i?