BMW release refreshed X3

BMW release refreshed X3

Popular mid-sized BMW SUV gets tweaks and upgraded diesel engine.

The new BMW X3 is now available.

It’s over a decade since the first X3 arrived in BMW dealerships and after a million sales worldwide it can certainly be classified as a great success story.

But, the second-generation X3 has started to look just a little dated of late, especially when compared to refreshed BMW models such as the X5 and latest 3 Series.

A new model has arrived though, sporting refreshed styling and extra standard features.

On the outside, BMW say the new model gets a striking new grille and headlights, along with new front and rear bumpers, which they say express powerful new designs. Four new paint colours and five new alloy wheel designs complete the external refresh.

Inside the cabin the X3 gets new high-gloss black panels for the climate control system, new cup holders in the centre console and four new interior trims.

But the changes aren’t all cosmetic; the diesel engine in the X3 xDrive 20d has been upgraded and now produces 140kW and 400Nm (up 5kW and 20Nm), while using a combined 5.2L/100kms.

Standard features added to the range include an eight-speed auto in the xDrive28i and xDrive30d, those models also gets 360 degree surround view among other new inclusions, while the xDrive20i and xDrive20d get extras including Bi-Xenon headlights and extended smartphone connectivity.

Toni Andreevski, general manager of marketing for BMW Group Australia, says the refreshed X3 offers a more powerful value proposition for customers.

“These additional styling upgrades complement the vehicle’s dynamic on- and off-road capability, and the increased value – up to $6,000 of extra standard equipment in some models – makes the X3 a more attractive proposition than ever before.”

Interior changes to the X3 are mostly cosmetic.

The BMW X3 range starts at $60,900.

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