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First Look: Refreshed BMW X3

German automaker focused fixing some weak areas.

by on Aug.13, 2010

Growing bigger runs counter to increased fuel economy regulations.

The original BMW X3 came as a shock to many fans of the brand for its excessively stiff ride as well as an interior that didn’t live up to the automaker’s usual standards, although it wasn’t noted much by media at the time.

So, the goals for the second generation of what BMW calls a Sport Activity Vehicle were obvious from the start: Fix the suspension and improve the interior.

While we haven’t had a chance to drive the new X3, the people in charge of the new trucklet say the suspension issues have been thoroughly worked out. And after sitting inside a pre-production X3 at the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, we can report that the new interior is first rate. In fact, the some of the plastic in the production version will be even better than the prototype with less gloss.

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No interior pictures were provided on BMW’s media Web site and journalists were not allowed to take photos of the vehicle in Traverse City.