BMW has revealed its refreshed and facelifted 2015 X3 today, ahead of an Australian debut set to occur in the third quarter of 2014.
These official images, which follow a pair of leaked images that surfaced earlier today, offer a clear look at the midsized SUV's first major update.
Surprising no-one, BMW has moved to align the X3's front-end styling with its new coupe-like sibling, the fastbacked X4 that will debut later this year.
The makeover sees the X3 gain new headlights that, like the X4, X5, 3 and 4 Series models, reach across to connect with the outer edge of the grille frame.
A new bumper design is thrown into the mix for 2014, again drawing on the look of the larger X5 to produce a more streamlined and sporting style.
Among the key technical updates is the upgraded xDrive20d, with its new 2.0 litre turbodiesel boosting power from 135 to 140kW, while max torque stays steady at 380Nm.
Matched with an eight-speed auto, fuel consumption drops slightly from 5.6 to 5.0-5.4 l/100km on the combined cycle. BMW promises a 0-100km/h time of "under 8.0 seconds".
There's also the new rear-wheel-drive X3 sDrive18d, powered by a 110kW turbodiesel. Matched with a six-speed manual, the sDrive18d lists fuel use at 4.7 to 5.0 l/100km.
The 180kW xDrive28i and 225kW xDrive35i models also continue into 2014, with fuel use listed at 7.4 and 8.3 l/100km respectively.
Depending on the market and model, features for 2014 include optional full-LED headlights, while fog lights and indicators are now LED across the range.
Other options include the xLine and M Sport packages, boosting styling in either a pure-luxury or sports- and handling-focused direction.
xLine adds metallic and satin chrome highlights inside and out, faux skid plates at the front and rear, and a number of upholstery tweaks.
In M Sport form, there's a unique body-kit, 19- and 20-inch wheel options, an anthracite roof liner in the cabin, sports seats and other M Sport items.
Speaking with TMR today, BMW Australia's Scott Croaker confirmed a third-quarter 2014 launch for the updated X3. Watch for more details to come closer to launch.
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