BMW has completely redesigned and reengineered its X3 SUV in a move the company hopes will see it emulate the first-generation model's success, sales of which have now topped the 600,000 mark worldwide since its introduction in 2003.
At 4650mm, the new X3 is 80mm larger than the current car but weighs 25kg less by using lighter steel. Its bigger size better positions the X3 neatly between the X1 and the X5. Inside, the new X3 has a higher-quality dashboard and trim materials than its predecessor and to answer long-standing criticism of the X3's too-harsh ride, BMW has provided the second-generation model with VDC, or variable damping control. Unlike the current X3, which is built by Magna Steyr in Austria, the new model will be built in BMW'S U.S. factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The X3 will go on sale in Europe in November with prices starting at 39,100 euros in Germany. U.S. sales start in January.