2014 BMW X3 AUSTRALIA
BMW’s updated X3 SUV range is on its way to Australia, scheduled for a June debut with pricing starting at $60,900.
The 2014 model year brings refreshed styling and new technologies, along with a new diesel engine and the first local application of BMW’s ConnectedDrive system.
Prices are up across the range by up to $1900, although BMW says it has significantly increased the X3’s standard features, boosting value by as much as $6000.
On the styling front, the 2014 X3 gets a front-end makeover inspired by the larger X5, which also brings the midsized SUV in-line with the new coupe-like X4 model.
Elsewhere, the X3 gets updated side mirrors with new LED indicators, along with four new colour options, five wheel designs and the option of full-LED headlights.
In the cabin, there’s new high-gloss black panels, new cup holders in the console with a sliding cover, and four new trim options that include wood or pearl-effect highlights and three new leather upholsteries.
BMW has also given the X3 xDrive20d model a powertrain upgrade, with its new 2.0 litre turbodiesel boosting power from 135 to 140kW, and torque is up from 380 to 400Nm.
Matched with an eight-speed auto, fuel consumption drops from 5.6 to 5.2 l/100km on the combined cycle. BMW promises a 0-100km/h time of 8.1 seconds.
In the entry X3 xDrive 20i petrol and xDrive20d diesel twins, upgraded features include the addition of bi-xenon headlights, gearshift paddles, enhanced smartphone connectivity and BMW’s lights package. New 18-inch alloy wheels are also featured with the xLine styling pack.
In the xDrive28i and xDrive30d models, upgrades include gearshift paddles, 360 degree surround-view camera display, lights package and 12-speaker HiFi audio. New 19-inch wheels also feature, again with the xLine package.
BMW’s ConnectedDrive system also debuts with the X3 range, which sees all models equipped with a permanent SIM card that allows free access to BMW Teleservices and emergency calls.
The ConnectedDrive system also offers optional Lifestyle and Freedom packages, which adds access to online apps and browsing access through a mobile data pack, along with real-time traffic information and Concierge services.
(Learn more about ConnectedDrive at BMW’s website.)
NOTE: Australian photos still to come.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- X3 xDrive 20i - $60,900
- X3 xDrive 20d - $64,400
- X3 xDrive 28i - $73,400
- X3 xDrive 30d - $77,400