Last redesigned in 2010, the BMW X3 is being updated, with the 2015 model set to go on sale this spring. Interior and exterior changes as well as two new model variants are designed to help the X3 stay competitive in a growing premium small SUV segment.
New to the BMW X3 family is the X3 sDrive 28i and the X3 xDrive 28d, while the xDrive 28i and xDrive 35i continue. The BMW X3 sDrive 28i is the first and only rear-wheel-drive BMW X3 available in the U.S. market, and will be equipped with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, making 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, paired with BMW’s 8-speed automatic transmission. Also available for the first time in the States is the diesel-powered, all-wheel-drive X3 xDrive 28d, with the now-familiar 2.0-liter turbodiesel unit featured in the BMW 328d. That engine makes 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, the latter available from 1750 rpm, and also utilizes an 8-speed automatic. 0-60 mph can be reached in just under 8.0 seconds, versus the swifter 6.2 seconds achievable in the X3 sDrive 28i.
Fuel economy numbers have not been released for either new model, but it would be safe to bet that the X3 sDrive 28i will be slightly more efficient than its all-wheel-drive variant, which is rated at 28 mpg on the highway. Expect significantly better mileage from the diesel version. The 2015 BMW X3 also adopts sharper, more aggressive looks than its predecessor. New twin-circular headlights lead the way, flanking a higher-contrast kidney grille and sportier front bumper and intakes. Around back, the X3’s rear bumper takes on a more refined character with a metallic insert. The new headlights can be had as full LEDs to match the LED lower fog lights; there are also LED turn indicators, now housed in the exterior side mirrors. Inside, the BMW X3 receives chrome trim changes and a high-gloss black panel display, as well as new cup holders that feature a sliding cover. Four new exterior colors, new upholstery and trim options, and new wheels also are available.
Pricing for the xDrive 28i and xDrive 35i will remain at $40,725 and $45,825, respectively. The new 2015 BMW X3 xDrive 28d will start at $42,825, while the sDrive 28i will be the most affordable variant, at $39,325. All prices include destination charges.
Look for the new 2015 BMW X3 to hit showrooms in spring 2014. Until then, check out the photo gallery above and stay tuned for more information.