BMW India has launched the 2015 X3 SUV Facelift, in two variants. The Expedition variant is priced at 44.9 lakh rupees while the X-Line variant is priced at 49.9 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. Previously, BMW India used to sell the pre-facelift X3, in 20d (2 liter diesel) and 30d (3 liter diesel) variants, priced at 42.7 lakh rupees and 54.9 lakh rupees respectively. Bookings of the SUV are now open while deliveries will commence shortly.
Now though, the facelifted variants use the 2 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine that gets a minor power boost, with outputs now rated at 190 Bhp-380 Nm. The engine is mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission and drives all four wheels of the SUV by means on the xDrive all wheel drive mechanism. The nought to 100 Kph run is dispatched in 8.2seconds while top speed is a heady 210 Kph.
For now, BMW India hasn’t revealed whether the 3 liter turbo diesel engine would make it to the facelifted X3 sold in India, although the possibility of this happening is quite high. In terms of changes, the X3 gets minor aesthetic tweaks while mechanical changes are limited to the higher power output on the 2 liter diesel engine.
In terms of aesthetics, the 2015 X3 gets new headlamps, a more prominent front grille, a restyled front bumper, new tail lamps and alloy wheels. The insides get slight revisions for the center console and the upholstery while features such as the electric boot release and the satellite navigation system are new.
The X3 is assembled at BMW India’s Chennai assembly unit through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route, and the SUV sits in between the X1 and the X5 as a five seat luxury crossover. In India, the facelifted BMW X3 will take on the likes of the Audi Q5, Mercedes Benz ML and the Land Rover Freelander2 luxury SUVs.
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