The facelifted 2014 BMW X3 has been revealed, showcasing new-generation diesel engines, more power, improved fuel economy, and updated styling and interior features.
Starting with the styling, BMW has applied its latest design language to the X3, with a perkier set of headlights, lifted cheekbones, a more eye-catching set of kidney grilles, and new front and rear bumper bars.
Inside, there’s a number of new options, including chrome trimmings, high-gloss panel strips, new cupholders and a sliding cover for the centre console, and optional upholstery combinations.
Under the bonnet lies perhaps the biggest update of them all. The X3 debuts the updated 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder, now producing 140kW in the xDrive20d.
There’s also a new xDrive18d with 110kW. The 110kW unit consumes just 4.7L/100km using a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, while the 140kW 20d uses 5.0L/100km.
Joining the diesels is the xDrive28i coming with a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder with 180kW. It offers an average fuel consumption of 7.3L/100km. While at the top of the range is the xDrive35i with 225kW. It uses 8.3L/100km.
All models come with BMW’s stop-start technology to help save fuel, as well as brake energy regeneration, and low-rolling-resistance tyres.
Details specific for the Australian market will be released closer to its local launch later this year.