BMW has added two new model designations to its highly successful X3 range, the 'Exclusive Edition' and the 'Lifestyle Edition'. With the new model names, BMW has also changed the engine designations in line with the style adopted for its X6 variants. Engine variants will now be known as X3 xDrive20d, or X3 xDrive30d, and so on.
Since its release, world-wide sales of the first generation X3 now top 500,000 and Australian sales have risen 15 percent this year (with more than 5,200 units delivered locally since release). The new Lifestyle Edition and Exclusive Edition are expected to bolster those numbers by offering unique combinations of paintwork colours, seat upholstery and light-alloy wheels.
Tom Noble, General Manager Marketing, at BMW Group Australia, is confident the updates will prove successful for the X3 range:
?These updates ensure the BMW X3 will continue its impressive story of success in Australia. The BMW X3, particularly in the new xDrive20d guise with its sub-7.0-litres per 100km fuel economy provides a deliciously tempting package for customers who want to avoid paying Luxury Car Tax, yet still want to enjoy one of the most luxurious and competent all-wheel drive vehicles available," he said.
In Australia, the engine line-up offers a wide range of choices including four and six-cylinder diesel engines and a pair of six-cylinder petrol engines. All will be available in the Lifestyle (standard) or Exclusive (optional) model variants.
The Lifestyle Edition will add two new metallic exterior colours, Space Grey and Vermillion Red, to the existing range of nine colour choices. There are also 17-inch V-spoke alloy wheels as standard, with an 18-inch package available on the options list. A graphite metallic finish to the front grille and chrome tailpipe finisher complete the exterior mods.
Two new Nevada leather interior colours, Oyster and Saddle Brown, are available as standard and bring the total number of interior configurations up to five. Customers can choose from Grey/Grey, Oyster/Black, Saddle Brown/Black, Sand Beige/Sand Beige and Black/Black.
A multi-function sports steering wheel with leather trim is now standard with Space Grey metallic interior trim. Alternatively, fine wood and brushed aluminum interior trims are available at no additional cost.
The Exclusive Edition package adds a Mineral Green metallic to the colour palette options and features 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels as standard. Xenon headlamps and an exterior lights package also differentiate the Exclusive further from the Lifestyle edition.
In addition to the leather multi-function sports steering wheel, the Exclusive Edition receives electric front seats with driver?s side memory, front seat heating, and fine wood trim in walnut (or poplar). All BMW X3s now receive new pearlescent chrome knobs for the radio, optional navigation system and a handbrake button.
If you're in the market for a smaller luxury SUV then you'd best get saving - the revised BMW X3 range will be hitting dealer showrooms in December. Updated features and the lure of a vehicle that's luxury car tax free should be enough to see the X3 continue its successful run on our shores.
The new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle range:
BMW X3 xDrive20d Lifestyle $61,830
BMW X3 xDrive25i Lifestyle $69,157
BMW X3 xDrive30i Lifestyle $74,877
BMW X3 xDrive30d Lifestyle $76,996
The Exclusive Package is optionally available for $2,900 and includes: BMW light alloy wheels ? 18-inch Y spoke design; Walnut light fine wood trim; electric front seats with memory function for driver?s seat; front seat heating; Bi-Xenon headlights including headlight washer system; and, Exterior Lights Package.