Seeing Red - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Seeing Red

February 03, 2012

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Photo by Kurt Niebuhr

In general, I'm pretty boring when it comes to car interiors. I like basic black, which may explain why I gravitate towards Audi cabins. Our new long-term BMW X3, however, is pretty far from basic.

Red leather. To me, red leather belongs in a silver roadster; preferably a vintage Porsche of some sort. But in an SUV?

Mcoupe13.jpg I have to admit, I really like it in our X3. Combined with the coarse-grained wood trim (BMW calls it Fineline Sienna wood trim, the leather is Nevada Chestnut), is incredibly attractive to me. But how could a basic-black kind of guy fall for such a brazen palette?

Well, one of my favorite cars is the original M Coupe. An Imola Red 1999 M Coupe once occupied my driveway and it had a red and black interior. Perhaps it's just my fondness for that car that is spilling over into the X3. But I still don't think I'd order this color combination if I were putting up my money.

Would you?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor


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