2015 BMW X3 unveiled with revised styling & new diesel engines

2014 BMW X3 facelift
2014 BMW X3 facelift

Updated, inside & out

BMW has officially unveiled the 2015 X3, following a leak earlier today.

Modestly revised, the facelifted model is distinguished by new bumpers, a revised grille and restyled headlights. The crossover also gains several new exterior colors, redesigned mirrors and restyled alloy wheels.

If the standard model isn't sporty enough, the xLine package adds "simulated" underbody guards, metallic trim and exclusive 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.

Customers can also order an M Sport package which includes an aerodynamic body kit, shadow line trim and 18- to 20-inch alloy wheels. The package also has sport seats, an anthracite roof liner and a sport-tuned suspension.

Interior changes are limited but include revised upholstery, updated trim and new cup holders. There's also gloss black accents, an upgraded infotainment system and an iDrive controller with an integrated touchpad. The model can also be equipped with a "Smart Opener" that opens the tailgate when put your foot under the rear bumper.

Under the hood, there's a new generation of 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines. As a result, the X3 xDrive20d now produces 190 HP (140 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 6 HP (5 kW) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft). The extra oomph enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.1 seconds.

There's also an eco-friendly X3 sDrive18d which has low rolling resistance tires, rear-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that develops 150 HP (110 kW) and 360 Nm (265 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the model to average 5.0 L/100km (47 mpg US / 56.4 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 131 g/km.

The 2015 BMW X3 will go on sale in the United States this spring and pricing starts at $39,325 (including a $925 destination & handling fee).


Source: BMW

The new BMW X3

Highlights. It was back in 2003 that BMW founded the new mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment with the launch of the X3. That means the BMW X3 has been a paragon of sporty dynamics, premium ambience and robust agility, coupled with low fuel consumption and emissions, for over 10 years now – racking up sales figures of more than one million units in the process. The second generation of the successful BMW X3 has made a compelling case for itself since its introduction in 2010, boasting the best interior and boot measurements and the greatest versatility in its class.

And now the new BMW X3 (fuel consumption combined: 8.3–4.7* l/100 km [34.0–60.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 193–124* g/km) is set to build inexorably on its segment leadership. A pair of new-generation diesel engines, producing more power but once again burning less fuel, serve to improve dynamic performance and reduce pollutant emissions. The exterior and interior design of the new BMW X3 reveal stylistic revisions and also add further depth to the car’s practicality with detail solutions responding to customer requirements.

Dynamic appearance and exclusive ambience.
The new BMW X3 cuts a visually more powerful figure with its new, modified twin circular headlights (LED headlights are optional), a more eye-catching kidney grille, new front and rear bumpers, and exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators – shining an even brighter spotlight on signature BMW X model design features. A high level of perceived quality and exclusivity also defines the interior of the new BMW X3. Chrome applications, a centre console with optional automatic climate control system in high-gloss black-panel look, and new cupholders with a sliding cover for the centre console underline the car’s premium appearance. New exterior colours, upholstery designs, interior trim strips and light-alloy wheels enable even more refined individualisation. The new xLine equipment package, meanwhile, allows owners to lend greater emphasis still to the dynamic and robust SAV character of the BMW X3. And the Smart Opener for the automatic tailgate and storage package (both optional) further enhance the already impressive functionality of the BMW X3.
* Figures with optional reduced-rolling-resistance tyres on 17-inch Streamline style 306 wheels.

World premiere for the new 2.0-litre diesel unit with 140 kW/190 hp.
The new BMW X3 is available from launch with a choice of four diesel and three petrol engines, with outputs ranging from 110 kW/150 hp to 230 kW/313 hp. The state-of-the-art units with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology guarantee outstanding performance combined with low fuel consumption, and all meet the EU6 exhaust gas standard. At the same time, the output of the X3 xDrive20d (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 5.8–5.4*/5.1–4.8*/5.4–5.0* l/100 km [48.7–52.3/55.4–58.9/52.3–56.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 141–131* g/km), for example, rises from 135 kW/184 hp to 140 kW/190 hp, while the fuel consumption of the automatic version is 7.1 per cent lower than that of its predecessor. The BMW X3 xDrive20d, which gives this new 2.0-litre turbodiesel its global premiere, therefore sets the benchmark in its class. It is an achievement matched by the new 110 kW/150 hp BMW X3 sDrive18d (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 5.8–5.4*/4.7–4.3*/5.1–4.7* l/100 km [48.7–52.3/60.1–65.7/55.4–60.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 134–124* g/km) with classical rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox. Likewise leading the way in their segments are the BMW X3 xDrive28i (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 9.3–8.7*/6.3–5.9*/7.4–7.0* l/100 km (30.4–32.4/44.8–47.8/38.2–40.3 mpg imp); CO2 emissions combined: 172–162* g/km) with 180 kW/245 hp and the BMW X3 xDrive35i (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 10.7/6.9/8.3 l/100 km [26.4/40.9/34.0 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 193 g/km) with 225 kW/306 hp.

* Figures with optional reduced-rolling-resistance tyres on 17-inch Streamline style 360 wheels.

BMW EfficientDynamics: driving pleasure and low fuel consumption.
The trailblazing BMW EfficientDynamics package of technology brings the Auto Start Stop function, coasting function, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units to the new BMW X3, resulting in the lowest fuel consumption and emissions in the segment. In addition, fourth-generation low-rolling-resistance tyres make a significant contribution to the excellent environmental performance of the new BMW X3 by reducing CO2 emissions by 7 g/km.

BMW ConnectedDrive: driver assistance and infotainment.
The new BMW X3 advances the company’s commitment to the link-up of driver, vehicle and outside world, an area in which BMW is an undisputed leader. Among the outstanding new features from BMW ConnectedDrive on board the BMW X3 are the iDrive Controller with integrated touchpad (for text input using finger movements), Parking Assistant, the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display, the anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant and Driving Assistant Plus, including Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and preventive pedestrian protection.
Also available under the BMW ConnectedDrive umbrella are Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), Concierge Services and the Intelligent Emergency Call function. A range of apps enable the use of Facebook and Twitter, AUPEO! internet radio and music platforms like Napster and Deezer.

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Sacto8780 Sacto8780
I really hope that BMW will offer the 181 bhp 2.0-liter turbodiesel (e.g., X3 xDrive28d) for the US market, just like the 328d now available in the USA.
Feb 6th, 2014 7:42pm
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Mike.F1 Mike.F1
Front end is a mess. What is BMW's fascination with joining the headlights and the grille? It doesn't look good on any model: new 3, new X5, this...
Feb 6th, 2014 2:52pm
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SainUK SainUK
I personally think the front looks great but it seems I am in the minority. Don't see any real changes to the interior and I had the pre-facelifted model.
Feb 6th, 2014 10:39pm
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ovyd ovyd
I like the front end actually, looks good.
Feb 7th, 2014 1:57am
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RoadRunner RoadRunner
I prefer the unfacelifted version, this looks like a botox gone wrong X5, The interior is an improvement though, shame really :(
Feb 6th, 2014 12:29pm
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ekelly17 ekelly17
X4, perhaps an early leak as well ;-) http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=974450&stc=1&d=1391645033
Feb 6th, 2014 3:37am
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RoadRunner RoadRunner
that dosnt look to bad though, this new X3 has gained weight in the wrong area's
Feb 6th, 2014 12:32pm
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
Nice, but IMO it could be more attractive.
Feb 6th, 2014 3:05am
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The X3 has always been a disappointing design. Its current form however is the best so far as it looks more like the X5.
Feb 6th, 2014 7:11am
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RoadRunner RoadRunner
Why would you want in to look like the X5, thats like saying I want my new wife to look like my ex-wife...And what is with the 3er headlights! Has BMW lost all design imagination, So now the X5 front has the same headlights, the X3 and the X4. Where is the creatively?
Feb 6th, 2014 12:39pm
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@Mito. Well said buddy. I'm with you.
Feb 6th, 2014 2:29pm
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RoadRunner RoadRunner
good to hear ;)
Feb 6th, 2014 4:09pm
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SainUK SainUK
I don't think the buying public agree. Huge waiting lists in the UK for this "disappointing" design
Feb 6th, 2014 10:41pm
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@SainUK. Sorry to disappoint you buddy, you're obviously a Bimmer fan. Sales-quite irrelevant to design. 1 series is the ugliest in that class by far and people buy it a lot. Why? BMW logo and decent engines at a good price. Toyotas have ugly boring designs. Do they sell? Like cupcakes. Still, this new X3 looks more upscale than before so its a good thing.
Feb 7th, 2014 7:11am
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SainUK SainUK
@PAA - I don't think you can levy that comment about the X3. I am a BMW fan. However, the X3 is far from what I would consider a good price. Whilst I agree that the 1 series is definitely an odd looking car, the pricing point may make it attractive to those new to the badge. Toyotas in the UK don't sell like cupcakes unless they are the boutique £3 ones you are referring too. Remember, the buying public has punished BMW before for poor designs eg previous X3 and current 5 series GT.
Feb 8th, 2014 8:59am
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