BMW has finally launched the X3 facelift in India with the starting price of Rs. 44.90 lakh (Ex-Showroom, India). The new facelifted BMW X3 made its debut at the 2014 Geneva motor show, gets many cosmetic changes, but only a few mechanical tweaks.
The updated X3 has got a new design language. The kidney-grille is prominent while the twin-circular headlights are large, similar to the larger X5. The new facelift features restyled bumpers, new wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators, new tail-lamps and new alloys. Though the overall dimension of X3 remains same, the updated model still looks very stylish and sharper.
Under the roof, the car has been featured with new leather upholstery, piano black center console, new cup holders and automatic boot opener. The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) display is also new in the car.
Mechanically, the 2014 BMW X3 has the same engine as its previous version with some changes. The TwinPower 2.0-litre diesel unit now gives 190bhp instead of the previous 184bhp. Power is being driven to all four wheels through an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The new X3 20d xDrive is price tagged at Rs. 44.90 lakh while the top of the trim 20d xDrive xLine is for Rs. 49.90 lakh.
The new and stylish X3 will rival with the Audi Q5 and Freelander 2. Where the Freelander 2 TD4 S trim is priced at Rs. 39.74 lakh, SE at Rs 43.38 lakh and the HSE at Rs 48.72 lakh, the Audi quotes Q5 30 TDI Premium trim for Rs. 47.16 lakh, Premium+ costing Rs. 49.46 lakh and the Technology Pack for Rs. 53.44 lakh.