2014 BMW X3 facelift debuts updated 140kW ’20d’ engine

February 6, 2014

The facelifted 2014 BMW X3 has been revealed, showcasing new-generation diesel engines, more power, improved fuel economy, and updated styling and interior features.

2014 BMW X3

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.

2014 BMW X3-back

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.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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