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. Nowreports are that BMW is moving full-speed ahead into the CUV market, startingwith the development of a new crossover based on their 3 Series wagon — tentativelynamed the V3, according to www.motortrend.com.
Theautomaker plans to dub the new V3 a Progressive-Activity Sedan. Spy shots showa vehicle that looks similar to the regular 3 Series, but with a raisedsuspension reminiscent of an Audi Allroad. A taller roofline also provides thecrossover with improved passenger and luggage space, however just like the X6,the V3 will swap out its rear bench for individual bucket seats — meaning thecar will only seat four people. Available with either rear-wheel drive or theXDrive system currently found on the X5 and X6, power is expected to come fromthe same range of engines as the 3 Series, which in Europe means a selection offour-cylinder, incline-six, and diesel options, according to Motor Trend.
Accordingto reports, the V3 is part of BMW’s new strategy to offer CUVs across much ofits lineup, and it will soon be joined by a V5 based on the 5 Series platform. TheV3 might reach showrooms by 2012, though currently there is no word on whichversions, if any, will be sold in the United States.