2012 BMW X3: Seeing Red
February 03, 2012
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?
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.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor