2015 BMW X3 unveiled with revised styling & new diesel engines

After a recent leak, BMW has officially unveiled the 2015 X3.

Modestly revised, the facelifted model can be distinguished by new bumpers, a revised grille and restyled headlights. The crossover also comes with several new exterior colors, redesigned mirrors and restyled alloy wheels. If you thought the standard model wasn’t sporty enough, the xLine package adds “simulated” underbody guards, metallic trim and exclusive 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.

Customers will also have an option to order an M Sport package which includes an aerodynamic body kit, shadow line trim and 18- to 20-inch alloy wheels. Other features of the package include sport seats, an anthracite roof liner and a sport-tuned suspension.

The cabin comes with limited changes but include revised upholstery, updated trim and new cup holders. Other highlights include 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 that outputs 190 HP (140 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque – an increase of just 6 HP (5 kW) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft). The extra oomph enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 kmph (0-62 mph) in 8.1 seconds.

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