BMW X3 benefits from styling and engine refresh.
The BMW X3 has been under the knife for a makeover, giving it a fresh look and a host of new diesel engines that will make it more efficient and more powerful when it goes on sale in June 2014.
BMW has made the front end of the new X3 more like its X5 sibling, which means new twin circular headlights and the trademark BMW kidney grille. Four new exterior paintjobs and five new alloy wheel designs compliment the refresh.
Four trim options are available, ranging from the bottom end SE to the M Sport. A new addition is xLine, which sits above SE. Standard equipment on the SE includes cruise control, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, leather upholstery, two-zone air-conditioning, BMW navigation system, heated front seats and an automatic tailgate.
SE Plus, which is a new £2,850 option, adds Harman-Kardon speakers, sun protection glass, adaptive headlights, high-beam assist and alloy wheels 1-inch larger. The xLine variant includes ‘xLine leather’, dark copper trim, 18-inch alloys and a sport leather steering wheel for £1,500 on top of the SE model.
M Sport ups the alloy wheel size to 19-inch and includes sport seats and M Sport leather steering wheel. M Sport Plus adds M Sport suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlights and the aforementioned Harman-kardon speakers for a cool £2,920.
The bottom of the range 150bhp sDrive18d is the most frugal offering. It can manage 60.1mpg and 124g/km of CO2 emissions. 0 to 62mph takes 9.5 seconds. The fastest offering is the 313bhp xDrive 35d, which can manage 47.1mpg, 157g/km of CO2, 670Nm of torque and 0 to 62mph in 5.3 seconds.
Only the X3 18d comes in sDrive form. All other models benefit from BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system for improving traction. A choice of a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic is available, except in the case of the xDrive 30d and xDrive35d where the latter is standard.
Prices start from £30,990 for the X3 sDrive 18d SE.
2014 BMW X3 images