Back in 2003, BMW created the mid-sized Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment with the launch of the X3. 11 years later, the Bavarian manufacturer introduced the 2015 BMW X3 (F25) Facelift. The first visual impact with the new X3 shows a more powerful figure, redesigned twin circular headlights fitted with LED as an option, a new kidney grille, new front and rear bumpers, as well as exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators.
The interior now features a centre console with optional climate control system in high-gloss black-panel look and new cupholders with a sliding cover for the centre console. Moreover, the 2015 BMW X3 also introduces the Smart Opener for the automatic tailgate. BMW says that from launch, the X3 is available with a choice of four diesel and three petrol engines.
A world premiere is the new 2.0-liter diesel delivering 190 hp (140 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, found on the X3 xDrive20d. With these numbers, the 2015 X3 hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.1 seconds, while fuel consumption drops to 5.0 liters/100 km (56.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of just 138 g/km (when using the eight-speed transmission).
Same 2.0-liter diesel engine is offered also on the X3 sDrive18d, delivering 150 hp (110 kW). Using a six-speed manual gearbox and reduced-rolling-resistance tyres, this model has a fuel consumption of 4.7 liters/100 km (60.1 mpg imp) and emits only 124 g/km of CO2. The range-topping diesel engine remains the 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine found on the X3 xDrive30d.
On this model, the engine delivers 258 hp (190 kW) and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque, and has a fuel consumption of 6.6–6.2/5.7–5.4/6.1– 5.7 l/100 km [42.8–45.5/49.6–52.3/46.3–49.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 159–149 g/km). On the X3 xDrive35d, the 3.0-liter diesel engine delivers 313 hp (230 kW) and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque [(fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 6.7/5.5/6.0 l/100 km [42.2/51.4/47.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 157 g/km)]. The 2.0-liter petrol engine found on the X3 sDrive20i (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 9.0– 8.4/6.1–5.7/7.1–6.7 l/100 km [31.4–33.6/46.3–49.6/39.8–42.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 166–156 g/km) delivers 184 hp (135 kW) and bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.2 seconds.
On the X3 xDrive28i the 2.0-liter petrol engine delivers 245 hp (180 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. Fitted with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the X3 xDrive28i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds, while fuel consumption is only 7 liters/100 km (38.2–40.3 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 172–162 g/km. The X3 xDrive35i comes with the 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine developing 306 hp (225 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. This model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.6 seconds.
Customers opting for the new BMW X3 with the 135 kW/184 hp 20i engine can choose between the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 9.9–9.4/6.6–6.3/7.9– 7.4 l/100 km [28.5–30.1/42.8–44.8/35.8–38.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 183–173 g/km) and classical sDrive rear-wheel drive.
Prices in the US for the 2015 BMW X3 (F25) Facelift starts at $39,325 for the X3 sDrive28i (new offer: rear-wheel drive). The X3 xDrive28i (with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive) will have an MSRP of $40,725. The 2015 X3 xDrive35i starts at $45,825. The all-new X3 xDrive28d with BMW Advanced Diesel technology will start at $42,825. All prices include $925 Destination & Handling fee. [source: BMW]