A launch date for the post-facelift BMW X3 has finally been announced. The SUV will be launched on the 28th of August 2014 and will be limited largely to cosmetic changes besides a few mechanical upgrades as per the version released for its international debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
Perhaps the best thing about X3 is its engine. The SUV gets an all diesel engine line up and comes in xDrive20d and xDrive30d variants. The former is a standard 2.0 liter engine that produces a power of 184bhp and torque figures all the way up to 380Nm. It’s decent on power considering the weight, but has a massive presence of torque, which makes it nippy and hard accelerating. The latter variant however, gets a larger 3.0 Liter engine with a power rating of 258bhp and boasts of tremendous torque figures at a staggering peak rate of 560Nm. That’s a hell of a way to kick off your mornings. Overtaking with this type of power under the hood will be a breeze, with more than sufficient power and torque figures to keep you happy for a long time. Combine that with the low running costs typically associated with a BMW X3, and you’ve got a winner.
The X3 in its face lifted form looks quite similar to the larger and pluckier X5 SUV that the Bavarian manufacturer makes. New additions/ modifications include new circular twin headlights, which can come in LED flavor if your pocket permits. The bumpers are tweaked as well, both front and rear. The SUV also gets power side rear view mirrors studded with side blinkers, and a few new colors of paint, and a gorgeous set of alloy wheels. Not to forget, it also gets the prominent signature kidney grille you’d want when buying a BMW. On the side, a strong bone line merges with the front wheel arches missing a strong character line on the fender in between the wheel arch and bonnet, perhaps to give the car a bit more muscle. The backend has received some treatments as well. The tail lights on the tailgate are smaller than the larger unit on the quarter panels, and the proud blue and white logo sits above the rear number plate in an epic bulge carried forward by the tailgate in continuity to the bone line.
The interiors of the X3 remain