BMW X3 facelift spied

16 Oct, 2013 12:09pm Jonathan Burn

New BMW X3 SUV spotted testing in Germany. Updated car due in 2014

The new BMW X3 SUV has been spotted testing in Germany by our spies. Two facelifted versions were spotted - the standard car and higher-spec M Sport variant were snapped testing near BMW's Munich R&D base.

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The second-generation BMW X3 was released in 2010 and is due for a mid-cycle refresh next year.

The light camouflage suggests revisions will be limited, but the changes will include re-styled front and rear bumpers, and revised side sills. New all-LED lights will become an option. The black M Sport model in the gallery will receive more sports-inspired styling, with larger air intakes and more aggressive front and rear bumpers.

The M Sport package is available across the range on all engine variants and adds sports suspension for sharper handling, larger 18-inch M Sport alloy wheels, chrome tailpipes and a sports bodykit.

The BMW X3 interior and acessories are expected to remain largely unchanged from the outgoing models, although trim updates and new technology are expected to become available, including the full suite of BMW's internet-enabled ConnectedDrive technologies. 

The X3 will also form the basis for the new BMW X4 crossover expected to debut at the Detroit Motor Show, and arrive in the first half of 2014. Engines are likely to be shared with the updated X3, which will use the current engine line-up from the outgoing model. A 2.0-litre diesel in two states of tune – 141bhp or 181bhp – and more powerful 254bhp or 309bhp 3.0-litre diesel engines will be available.

Sales for the facelifted X3 are expected to begin early 2014 with prices not varying dramatically from the current model – a starting price of around £29,000 is likely.