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A 2016 X3 (G01) rendering and some preview details from BMW insider Scott26.

Renders of the new X3 are starting to appear and this one gives a good impression to how BMW will incorporate its new design language to the X models.

The typical X solidity remains will strong character lines and subtle surface detailing as does muscular front and rear wheel arches and a dynamic roof line with shallow rear windscreen.

Typical X3 Characteristic elements such as the T-Shaped rear lights , rising glasshouse , kicked … CONTINUED

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Time flies! The next gen BMW X3 has already begun testing. The next X3 is due around 2016-2017 and here’s the first spotted prototype. It was spied testing with the current X3, and a check into German records confirmed this prototype registered as an X3.

It’s still covered in substantial camouflage, so don’t be fooled by the heavy covering. The lights are especially covered in a way in order to deceive as to their true shape below.

We’ve also put together some quick comparison photos against … CONTINUED

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BMW Alpina XD3 LCI Commercial

02/04/2015 at 8:46 AM
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Alpina commercial featuring the BMW Alpina XD3 LCI model.

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BMW M has a new boss, Franciscus van Meel, and he recently shared his first public statements with Auto Express on some topics regarding BMW M.

AWD M5/M6?

Van Meel, the former head of Audi Quattro GmbH, is of course well versed with all-wheel drive, and he seems to be favoring the use of all-wheel drive in future M5 and M6 models.

“If we continue the power increases in the future – especially regarding torque and also horsepower – then probably the next generation M5 and M6 … CONTINUED

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BMW NA has issued a recall for certain 4-cylinder powered 20i and 28i models for potential brake power assist problems. Here is the recall information from the NHTSA.

The affected models/years are as follows:

BMW/320I/2012-2014
BMW/328I/2012-2014
BMW/428I/2014
BMW/528I/2012-2013
BMW/X1/2013-2014
BMW/X3/2013-2014
BMW/Z4/2012-2014

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V-627 (14V627000)

Components:
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,988

Problem Description:
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports … CONTINUED

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Munich. BMW is expanding its line-up of M Performance Parts from the Original BMW Accessories range in time for the Essen Motor Show 2014 (29.11–07.12. 2014). The new BMW M Performance Parts for the BMW X3 and BMW X4, BMW M3, BMW M4 Coupe and BMW M4 Convertible lend these models an even sharper sporting edge. As well as attractive design upgrades for the interior and exterior, the range also includes functional accessories which boost the performance of classical BMW models, for example, and … CONTINUED

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It all started with an X. This letter was first used as a model designation for a BMW automobile as early as in the mid-1980s to indicate that it featured four-wheel drive technology. The car’s dual symmetry was the ideal allegory for the transmission of drive torque to all four wheels. 15 years ago, the letter X became the symbol of an entirely new vehicle category and, at the same time, of a very special form of driving pleasure. The BMW X5 made its … CONTINUED

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BBMW of North America will introduce a new campaign, BMW Innovations, which will highlight how the range of BMW vehicles share several key technology features with the visionary BMW i8, a plug-in hybrid high-performance vehicle. The BMW i8, with the “i” standing for innovation, exhibits futuristic design and groundbreaking technology built upon BMW’s storied history.

“Innovation is at the core of everything we do. Following in the lead of the BMW i8, which epitomizes innovation, we are elevating the technology across our entire range of … CONTINUED

2014 NYIAS: BMW X3 LCI Facelift

04/16/2014 at 12:36 PM
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Making its New York Autoshow premiere is the X3 LCI, which was announced earlier this year

2014 New York International Autoshow
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BMW is recalling a 156,137 vehicles, both luxury cars and SUVs, to make sure bolts holding a component in their six-cylinder engines can break loose and cause stalling or engine damage.

BMW says it has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that in rare cases, bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit may come loose or break, causing the engine to go into a “safe mode.” If the problem continues, it can lead to stalling, engine damage – and it may not start.

Drivers will … CONTINUED

BMW X4 Versus X3 Visual Comparo

03/06/2014 at 10:45 AM
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We revealed the BMW X4 to you yesterday and as you saw, it shares very similar styling to the BMW X3, in particular the front end styling. Here’s a set of visual comparison images to show how the X4 compares to the X3.

X4 dimensions:

Length: 184.3 inches (4,680 mm) (0.6 inches / 14mm longer than X3)
Height: 63.9 inches (1,624 mm) (1.5 inches / 37mm lower than X3)
Front seats sit 0.8 inches … CONTINUED

Geneva 2014: BMW X3 LCI Facelift

03/04/2014 at 9:30 PM
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BMW revealed the refreshed 2015 BMW X3 [Official Thread] last month and it is now making its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

With the cosmetic refresh, the xDrive28d and sDrive28i models were introduced.

The U.S. pricing for the 2015 X3 is as follows:

New X3 xDrive28d model (AWD) – $42,825 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
New X3 sDrive28i model (RWD) – $39,325 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
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Some new wallpapers of the 2015 BMW X3 LCI refreshed facelift model, as well as a first look at the M Sport model.

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We’ve compiled this look at the 2015 X3 (refreshed model) against the pre-facelift version.

Pricing:

New X3 xDrive28d model (AWD) – $42,825 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
New X3 sDrive28i model (RWD) – $39,325 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive28i model (AWD) – $40,725 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive35i model (AWD) – $45,825 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)

X3 xDrive28d Specs:

2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine
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2015 BMW X3 LCI Facelift Refresh

02/05/2014 at 5:59 PM
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2015 Model Year X3

Pricing:

New X3 xDrive28d model (AWD) – $42,825 ($925 D&H included)
New X3 sDrive28i model (RWD) – $39,325 ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive28i model (AWD) – $40,725 ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive35i model (AWD) – $45,825 ($925 D&H included)

X3 xDrive28d Specs:

2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine
180 horsepower
280 lb-ft of torque (from … CONTINUED

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release
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Tokyo Auto Salon 2014, the major Japanese tuner/aftermarket show, is currently underway in Tokyo and we are there to bring you the BMW models on display!

The F30/F32 3 Series and 4 Series dominate this year’s array of BMWs, but there are still plenty of M3, M5, 5 Series, Z4 and E90/E92 3 Series being trotted out by major tuners.

Enjoy the views!

BMW Alpina XD3 Review

01/08/2014 at 11:15 AM
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CAR Magazine shares their first drive review of the Alpina BMW XD3, Alpina’s first SUV/SAV. Their verdict?

To avoid further doubt, there’s the least subtle execution yet of Alpina badges and stripes, plus cabin stitching Liberace might have baulked at.

So while it’s high quality kit, this XD3 is neither the best of X3 nor the best of Alpina. For the life of us, we can’t see the point, despite its extraordinary performance.