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BMW X3 (2010) spy video

Published: 09 January 2009 Updated: 26 January 2015

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Faced with new SUV opposition from Audi (Q5), Mercedes (GLK) and Volvo (XC60), BMW is pushing ahead with development of its second-generation X3. This video captures the new car – codenamed F40 – testing in Germany.

What should I know about the new BMW X3?

Production starts in 2010, at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in the USA, which makes space at Magna-Steyr’s Austrian plant for the X1 and Mini SUV. BMW is hoping the X3 will notch up 160,000 sales each year, up from the current car’s 100k.

Size-wise the X3 should measure 4650mm long, 1850mm wide and 1680mm wide, with a longer rear overhang designed to allow an adjustable second row of seats. The cabin becomes more driver-orientated, and the X3 finally gets BMW’s iDrive system.

Will BMW’s eco-tech feature?

Yes, Efficient Dynamics will be an integral part of the X3. The current stop-start system and active aero will be available, but we also expect an eight-speed automatic, clean diesel technology and a full parallel hybrid option.

But the X3 won’t just be green; BMW wants the X3 to be a real driver’s car, so active steering, active roll compensation and the latest XDrive system will be on offer.

The engine line-up is expected to look like this: X3 2.0d, 177bhp; X3 2.0sd, 204bhp; X3 3.0d, 245bhp; X3 3.0sd, 300bhp; X3 2.5i, 231bhp; X3 3.0si, 305bhp.

>> Scroll down the page to the embedded player below to watch spy footage of the new BMW X3 testing

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By Ben Pulman

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