BMW X3 Facelift Lands In Geneva With New design And A Hint of X5, Plus More Economical Engines
|   Wednesday, February 19, 2014
BMW introduced just four days after revealing the new Series 4 Gran Coupe the X3 facelift. It comes 11 years after the first-generation X3, and marks refreshing aesthetic modifications related at its half life cycle.

Besides the front side, inspired by its older brother, the third generation of the X5, the new X3 facelift boasts an improved interior and the largest trunk in the segment. The engines were also optimized, everything to enhance the t performance/consumption ratio.


The restyling of the X3 comes as a crowning success enjoyed by international markets. Last year, BMW delivered 157,298 units worldwide, 5 percent more than in 2012. The current generation has been presented in 2010, and the first X3 in 2003, so since the initial launch to date over 1,000,000 copies have been sold.

From a visual standpoint, the BMW X3 Facelift seeks to highlight the ties of kinship with the new X5, displaying a more aggressive front face, with new optical blocks elongated to merge with the redesigned grille. Optionally, the X3 can be equipped with full-LED headlights, unique in the equipment segment. Front and rear bumpers are also new and side indicators have been integrated into mirrors.

Except for the length, which increased by 1 mm (4,657 mm), the external dimensions of the new X3 were unchanged (width 2,089 mm, height 1,678 mm and wheelbase 2,810 mm). The ground clearance is still one of the most generous in the classroom: 21 cm.

The interior brings a significant upgrade in terms of finishing. Compared to the current model, the new X3 facelift comes with additional chromed ornaments, a completely redesigned center console, new door panels, black-board instruments panel and block conditioning with glossy finish from the X5 and 5 Series. As standard equipment, a leather steering wheel is offered, the iDrive BMW Professional Multimedia system with capacitive controller plus new environments; the customers can choose four new types of inserts, and four new models of upholstery. The trunk is one of the most generous in the class and has a load volume between 550 and 1,600 liters.

The most important changes are hidden under the hood, where the X3 will offer to customers two new diesel engines, more powerful and more efficient. Basically, it is a single unit made ​​entirely of aluminum and offered in two power levels: 150 hp and 190 hp, which translates into an advantage of 7 hp respectively 6 hp, compared to previous 18d and 20d version.

The average fuel consumption fell by 7.1 percent to a new benchmark in the segment: 5.0 l / 100 km, in the case of 20d models equipped with automatic transmission with eight steps. Also the performances are better, the new X3 20d showing an acceleration of 0 to 100 km in 8.1 seconds versus the 8.5 seconds before the facelift. The 18d models will only be available with rear-wheel drive and can also be boast an average of only 4.7 l / 100 km in the mixed cycle.

For those who prefer petrol engines, BMW has prepared three alternatives: 20i (2-liter turbo four-cylinder with 184 hp, an average of 6.7 l / 100 km, and going from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.2 s ), 28i (more potent variant of the same engine with 245 hp, average fuel consumption of 7.3 l / 100 km and an acceleration of 6.5 s) and the 35i (six-cylinder, 3-liter, 306 hp , 5.6 seconds and 8.3 l / 100 km). The base model X3 20i is offered exclusively with rear-wheel drive, while the next higher versions can be ordered only with eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
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