TheCarConnection.com's spy photographers have snapped these photos of the 2010 BMW X3, in its clearest form yet--albeit with some crazy LSD-head vinyl coating applied to its new panels.
With the new GLK from Mercedes on the market and Audi's Q5 just days from the showroom, BMW is said to be accelerating the development of the new model so that it doesn't lose share to the new German mini utes.
These new photos show the prototype complete with the real headlamps and the real rear lights. The new X3 will just be slightly longer then the current one, but will have a much roomier interior. The styling leans more in the direction of the X5, and a new rear door shape is plainly visible on these mules.
To make sure its premium position is preserved, there will be plenty of gizmos to order in the 2010 X3. Night vision, head-up display, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, and seats with ventilation and massage are just some of the new options expected on the new SUV.
As far as running gear, we expect four diesels ranging from 177 horsepower up to 299 horsepower. Two gas engines will offer 231 and 306 horsepower, and both will be teamed with BMW's six-speed automatic.