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).