New BMW Crossover Will Reportedly Be Called V3
MUNICH, GERMANY - BMW’s X6’s entire first-year production run sold out in just a month. Now
reports are that BMW is moving full-speed ahead into the CUV market, starting
with the development of a new crossover based on their 3 Series wagon — tentatively
named the V3, according to www.motortrend.com.
automaker plans to dub the new V3 a Progressive-Activity Sedan. Spy shots show
a vehicle that looks similar to the regular 3 Series, but with a raised
suspension reminiscent of an Audi Allroad. A taller roofline also provides the
crossover with improved passenger and luggage space, however just like the X6,
the V3 will swap out its rear bench for individual bucket seats — meaning the
car will only seat four people. Available with either rear-wheel drive or the
XDrive system currently found on the X5 and X6, power is expected to come from
the same range of engines as the 3 Series, which in Europe means a selection of
four-cylinder, incline-six, and diesel options, according to Motor Trend.
to reports, the V3 is part of BMW’s new strategy to offer CUVs across much of
its lineup, and it will soon be joined by a V5 based on the 5 Series platform. The
V3 might reach showrooms by 2012, though currently there is no word on which
versions, if any, will be sold in the United States.