2011 BMW X3 and 2012 6 Series Shed Camouflage

BMW ‘s midsize crossover the X3 is nearing its final testing phase and subsequently starting to lose some of the camouflage we had previously seen. These photos (courtesy of our friends at Autoblog) show an evolutionary approach from the current SAV with some hints of the X5 and X6 thrown in for good measure. The X3 will be the first BMW on the new module platform meant to spawn both the next generation 1 and 3 series variants. Engines at launch should include the new N55 3.0L turbo down to BMW acclaimed 2.0L diesel. The US could even see a mid-range diesel in the X3 at some point in its life-cycle.

Along with the X3 the new 6er is also nearing it ‘s final evaluation phase. Again Autoblog is on it with photos straight from Munich. And we ‘ll be damned if it isn ‘t starting to look pretty good. We ‘ve gone on record here at BimmerFile is stating our lack of respect for the current 6er in both styling and performance. However we ‘ve been told by more than one BMW executive that the next generation car will be nothing less than gorgeous. It ‘ll also feature a full range of BMW ‘s finest engines from the higher power diesels to the twin turbo V8 found in the new 550i. In the US we ‘ll likely see the N55 3.0L six cylinder along with that 4.4 twin turbo V8 found in the 5 and 7 series.

We expect to see the 6 Series late next year as a 2012 model. What about the current 6er for 2011? As we mentioned in our latest podcast, it ‘ll be leaving the US market this fall and will not return until the debut of the new model in late 2011.

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  • Chadwick

    Watched an episode of Top Gear last night and they were ripping into the X3 and rightly so. This thing had no ground clearance, the inside is all cheap plastic, looks terrible. The guys on top gear also mentioned that the X3 is not even built by BMW, BMW hired some other company to build it!

    As a bimmer fan it pains me but this just got me thinking how BMW needs to get back on track. First off they need to rethink their line of cars. Do they really need the X3 X5 and X6, three suv type cars. BMW has nothing that competes with the Audi R8. BMW should consider building a sports car with an engine in the rear. What happened to that orange/bronze colored M1. BMW needs to cut back the suv’s make one or two really good ones, they don’t need three. Their only roadster has 260 hp which has less horse power than my 335is. I ordered my 335is and without even thinking assuming all bimmers are still built in Germany. I am happy that my 335is is being build in Bavaria at their Munich plant otherwise I would not have purchased the car! I fear that too soon I will want a German car built in Germany and its not going to happen. Now BMW’s are made in the U.S. BMW is even thinking of making cars in India and China WTF!

    As a Bimmer fan I am bias and would never purchase an Audi or Benz over a BMW but to be honest BMW is lagging behind Mercedes and Audi and they need to start delivering soon! They have great concepts and they stay on the back burner only to end up lost and forgotten.

    Do I care about a new X3 or 6 series…..mmm not really. The only bimmer which has captured my interest is the Vision concept, the orange/bronze colored M1 concept, and the Coupé Mille Miglia concept. But of their current line only 335is captured my interest (which is why I ordered one.) The Z4 and 6 series are not worth my money in the state that they are in.

  • Tim

    I dispute the use of the word “shed” – just saying…

  • goat

    Agreed the current 6 is a pig of a car no matter the trim level (even the M looks clumsy, awkward, heavy, crude). But the next-gen seems to have very lovely Italian-esque styling going on… looking good!

  • PocoToro

    SO that’s where the Pontiac Firebird bodys went. that 6er looks so GM F-Body

  • Chadwick

    goat I agree with you. BMW delivers in more way than one but there are many areas in which they need to improve. BMW styling is elegant but they need to step it up a notch to be elegant but POP and WOW…its just too subtle. BMW needs to bring back their supers cars..roadsters are not enough.

    and PocoToro if your comment wasn’t so funny it would be heresy and would denounce you from the top of the BMW Munich office tower lol.

  • Bob

    The X3, built in Austria, was a big sales sucess for BMW. The next generation will be built in Spartenberg with the launch scheduled for Oct/Nov this year. It will be almost the size as the origional X5. The next generation 6 series will not arrive in the US untill the fall of 2011.

  • mellowmcs

    I’d love to see the new X3 with the single turbo or the twin turbo diesel engine. We got a 335d and love it! Love the torque love the MPG. I want to get an X5d but the cost is too much and the size is too big for our use (DINK). I like the current x3 but can’t get over the mpg aspect. MPG can be improved with the turbo diesels and not hurt the performance (hell it might even improve it!).

    I was hoping MINI would bring over the diesel version of the countryman but that’s not happening so I am pining my hopes on the new X3!!!

  • Herr26

    Forgive me Gabe. Michael for using your platform But I feel I must.

    “Watched an episode of Top Gear last night and they were ripping into the X3 and rightly so. This thing had no ground clearance, the inside is all cheap plastic, looks terrible. The guys on top gear also mentioned that the X3 is not even built by BMW, BMW hired some other company to build it!”

    E83 X3 was built under licence by Magna Steyer. Whereas some areas of the car are debatable we have sold over 600,000 Units since the market launch in late 2003. The E83 X3 has also been voted the most reliable car here in Germany. The new X3 is entirely a different Concept it shares nothing from the E83 except in evolutionary appearance.

    “As a bimmer fan it pains me but this just got me thinking how BMW needs to get back on track. First off they need to rethink their line of cars. Do they really need the X3 X5 and X6, three suv type cars.”

    Our X vehicles cater in demand for different needs , each X vehicle has been successful for BMW. “BMW has nothing that competes with the Audi R8. BMW should consider building a sports car with an engine in the rear. What happened to that orange/bronze colored M1”

    M1 Homage is built to exactly be that. A homage to celebrate 30 years of the BMW M1 it was never meant for series production. Although there was a study to justify a production series once actual demand was filtered out from dreamers The cost was too expensive to justify a production series and actual demand was not as great as anticipated. The Audi R8 although a great car, is a car that is built from VW’s resources which BMW does not have. Nearly all the components and technology comes from sister company lamborghini it is a car that is built from the VAG parts bin. BMW’s Vision of such a car is the Vision Efficient Dynamics which means using the same philosophy and technology as that car for a totally cutting edge vision , today. It wont be equipped with a V8 and it will generate it’s power from the electric motors.Like the Concept it is meant to showcase that sustainability can be used in multiple segments, especially in segments where the world is very,very different.

    “Their only roadster has 260 hp which has less horse power than my 335is. I ordered my 335is and without even thinking assuming all bimmers are still built in Germany. I am happy that my 335is is being build in Bavaria at their Munich plant otherwise I would not have purchased the car! I fear that too soon I will want a German car built in Germany and its not going to happen. Now BMW’s are made in the U.S. BMW is even thinking of making cars in India and China WTF!”

    There is a Z4 sDrive35iS which produces over 300HP. I have not driven the 335iS as it is US market only. But I drove the Z4 in South Africa and it was a very impressive car to drive. BMW’s are assembled across the world specifically for that ,market. whether the car is assembled in Germany or China or even the USA , each car has to pass BMW’s stringent quality control. Cars made in China and India are specially for those markets.

    “Do I care about a new X3 or 6 series…..mmm not really. The only bimmer which has captured my interest is the Vision concept, the orange/bronze colored M1 concept, and the Coupé Mille Miglia concept. But of their current line only 335is captured my interest (which is why I ordered one.) The Z4 and 6 series are not worth my money in the state that they are in.”

    The New Z4 is a great looking car , whether the car is a Coupe or with the top down a Roadster It’s a car that looks stunning in either way . The new 6er is a revelation for BMW. Because it takes some of the design elements from the CS Concept and applies them to a sleeker , powerful looking Coupe. This car is Gorgeous. And in November when the wraps come off a lot of people will agree.

    “As a Bimmer fan I am bias and would never purchase an Audi or Benz over a BMW but to be honest BMW is lagging behind Mercedes and Audi and they need to start delivering soon! They have great concepts and they stay on the back burner only to end up lost and forgotten.”

    I would say that BMW are more creative in their ideas and purpose than Audi and Mercedes-Benz. As of currently BMW lead both Mercedes-Benz and Audi over the latest technologies in sustainability. BMW invested whilst Audi and Mercedes were investing in Supercars. Now they are scrabbling to catch up, Everything that was unique by BMW , especially it’s image is now being interpreted by other manufacturers even though their car are still and will remain very , very different.

  • Herr26 – please feel free to respond where you think is appropriate. The comment section if for just that purpose.. to have a conversation based on each story.