Those who aren’t into BMWs might not even notice at first, but BMW’s X3 just got a face lift. Honest. Adrian van Hooydonk’s design team has completely redesigned the twin kidney grilles—they now look three-dimensional and is tucked in under the hood—the headlights feature an ever-so-different contour and now come in contact with the grille, and new bumpers front and rear create a more aggressive, angular look. Thank goodness there are functional changes, too—the biggest of which is tucked away out of sight—otherwise this story wouldn’t last much past this sentence.
The mirror caps now feature integrated turn signals, and BMW will even
offer full-LED headlights. These cosmetic changes aren’t anything earth
shattering, but they do bring the X3 closer in line with the mid-size X5, the third generation of which was launched last summer.
Inside, the X3 looks richer, materials-wise, and more expensive—all
achieved with a minimum of changes. Luxury manufacturers across the
board are putting added emphasis on interior design and materials, and
thus, the new X3 receives new chrome accent pieces, new paneling, and
coverable cup holders for a less cluttered appearance. The HVAC display
has been redesigned, and the optional navigation system has been swapped
out for a re-engineered unit. Borrowing a page from the book of
Dearborn, BMW has installed a “smart opener” that opens the liftgate
with a wave of a foot beneath the rear bumper.
The biggest change to the X3 is the introduction of the xDrive28d diesel
option, which makes use of the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder
turbo-diesel that powers the 328d,
making 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. BMW says that the diesel
X3 will be capable of achieving 0-to-60 runs in “just under eight
seconds.” Also new is the introduction of the sDrive28i rear-drive
option, which will serve as the base model and be propelled by the same
N20 2.0-liter turbo four making 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque
as is found in the model’s xDrive28i all-wheel-drive counterpart.
That powertrain carries over unchanged, as does the xDrive35i and its
300-hp, 300-lb-ft, N55 turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six.
Thanks to: Car and Driver