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28 August 2014

BMW launches the facelifted X3

Some additional bits, a more powerful engine, and a new price. We have details...

Girish Karkera
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BMW has given the X3 a mid-life facelift. The updated model was launched in Delhi today for a starting price of ₹44.9 lakh for the x20d Expedition edition, and ₹49.9 lakh for the fully-loaded x20d xLine edition (both prices, ex-showroom, India).

To a casual passerby, the new bits on the X3 may be hard to spot from the outside, but rest assured, the changes are very much there. The grille has grown larger, and it gives off a 3D-effect. There are a lot of aluminium and aluminium-finished bits to spice things up. The headlights are a clear giveaway, which unlike in the older car, now fuse into the grille. The front and rear bumpers have also been redesigned in a way that gives them a more angled recess, adding some lines for variety.

Inside, the layout is typical of most BMW cars with the familiar dashboard, seats and trims, albeit with some additional chrome bits. But most of this is only available in the higher xLine edition. The climate control display has changed, but more importantly, the iDrive multimedia system has received a new generation upgrade (codenamed NBT), and comes with a completely new modern interface.

On the performance front, there is an engine upgrade. While it's the same 2.0-litre diesel as the earlier model, power and torque figures have gone up. So, now it boasts 188bhp of power and 400Nm of torque, which can push the car from 0-100kph in 8.1secs*. Top speed is 210kph*. BMW claims that the fine-tuning has also resulted in lower emissions and higher fuel efficiency. The X3 x20d has a certified mileage figure of 18.5kpl under test conditions. That's roughly 2.5kpl better than the ARAI figure for the pre-facelift X3.

BMW has hopes of selling the refreshed X3 in big numbers, as it operates in a popular segment of SUVs that are full-sized, rather than oversized. Space has always been good, but what it lacked previously - attractive interiors - is something that's been addressed in the new car. It still may not have the Q5-like wow-factor visually, but is quite feature-packed, especially in the higher trim. Performance and efficiency have improved, and according to BMW, so has ride quality, despite the bigger wheels, thanks to the intelligent dynamic control.

The facelift may not do a lot for the X3 visually, but the revamped interiors and improved performance for the 2.0-litre diesel will help spice things up a bit for prospective BMW owners. Yes, the price has gone up substantially, but that was expected. The folks at Ingolstadt must be very pleased.

*claimed

Tags: x3, bmw

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