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.

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My next door,s father had one of these had to return it to BMW said it was the worst car he had ever owned ,list of problems just to many to list plus its ride was dreadful just shows buy the badge and !!

I have the 30d msport (full spc), never an issue and best ride quality in its class, best gear box, acceleration and best electronics (beats by a mile the Q5). Everyone is different.....

Why bother needs more than a makeover,it was plain ugly to start with and like most BMW's/Merc's poorly packaged with their long snouts,check the driver survey premium does'nt buy reliabilty.

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Do you know if BMW will put the same dashboard as in de new serie 3 sedan? (new gps etc). Or will they keep the same as in the actual X3?

Ugly, too expensive for a bunch of chinese/east european components and totally unreliable! Why buying such a german crap when the great RANGE ROVER range exists? I really can't understand.

I like the BMW X3 facelift that has been spied

I own to F25 X3 3.0 M Sport and have covered16k miles in 15 months throughout Europe. Having owned several BMW,s in the past 30 years, the X3 is by far the best for comfort, performance, economy, handling and superior reliability. The Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q5 are no match for this Classy SUV, believe me.

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