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4th May, 2014

  • Substantial updates to exterior design
  • Enhanced interior
  • New 2.0-litre diesel engine – more powerful, more efficient
  • Increased standard specification
  • Introduction of BMW ConnectedDrive

In 2003 BMW launched their first X3, whilst the second generation came along in 2010.

Now, BMW Australia Group has announced an update to the second generation version to the X3.

With new exterior styling, including a comprehensive refresh to the face of the car; more refinement and exclusive appointments to the interior; a new, more powerful and economical diesel power plant and a revised equipment list with new options; the new BMW X3 is meant to keep the model competitive.

According to Toni Andreevski, general manager of marketing for BMW Group Australia, the refreshed X3 offers the expected driving experience of a BMW SUV and combines this with improved value. (copyright image)
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“The X3 has always been a very successful vehicle for the BMW Group, especially in Australia, and is recognised for its sparkling performance, style and functionality.”

“These additional styling upgrades complement the vehicle’s dynamic on- and off-road capability, and the increased value – up to $6,000 of extra standard equipment in some models – makes the X3 a more attractive proposition than ever before.”

“The end result? The customer is the winner,” Andreevski said.

Exterior styling on the new BMW X3 has been refreshed with a bolder and more striking interpretation of the BMW kidney grille now extending all the way to the newly designed twin circular headlight units. Both the front and rear bumpers express powerful new designs with updated contour lines and features, and the LED side indicator lights are now housed in new exterior mirrors. The option of four new exterior paint colours, five new alloy wheel designs and full-LED headlight units further express the updated design of the new BMW X3.

The interior has similarly been enhanced and now boasts high-gloss black panels for the automatic climate control system, new cup holders in the centre console with sliding cover and four new interior trims including three new wood trim options with pearl-effect chrome highlights. Three new leather upholsteries featuring specific stitching and X embossment on the front seat head restraints (standard for X3 xDrive28i and X3xDrive30d) are available in black, mocha and ivory white. A stainless steel finisher protecting the luggage compartment entry sill and a BMW xLine designation on the door sills are further refinements to the new BMW X3.

Also new for the updated X3 is the diesel power plant in the X3 xDrive20d. The new generation all-aluminium 2.0 litre diesel engine uses common rail direct injection running at an increased pressure of 2,000 bar which, amongst other improvements, pushes the output to 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque, an increase of 5 kw and 20 Nm over the predecessor. This increased performance cuts the car’s 0-100 km/h by 0.4 seconds to 8.1, whilst also returning improved fuel consumption figures and emissions of 5.2 l/100 km and 138 g/km.

Standard specification is another facet of the new BMW X3 that has received special attention with substantial increases across the range.

For both the X3 xDrive20i and X3 xDrive20d this has resulted in Bi-Xenon headlights, gearshift paddles, extended smart phone connectivity including audio streaming and the lights package now included as standard above the predecessor. In addition, the new design 18 inch alloy wheels combine with the new xLine styling package to further enhance the vehicle’s dynamic appeal.

Upgrades for the X3 xDrive28i and X3 xDrive30d include standard fitment of the sports automatic transmission with gearshift paddles, 360 degree surround view for unrivalled visibility around the vehicle during parking manoeuvres, lights package and the 12 speaker HiFi sound system. Also included are newly designed 19 inch alloy wheels and extended content for the xLine package - such as Nevada leather upholstery with specific stitching and X embossment on the front head restraints.

Coinciding with the launch of the new BMW X3 is the arrival of BMW ConnectedDrive, which provides access to a comprehensive range of in-car services and apps for unrivalled connectivity. This means all models in the new X3 range will come equipped with a permanent SIM card installed with BMW Teleservices and Intelligent emergency call activated. Optionally available is the ConnectedDrive Lifestyle package which includes ConnectedDrive services (BMW Online and apps) and Remote services or the ConnectedDrive Freedom package which adds Real Time Traffic Information and Concierge services as well as ConnectedDrive services and remote services.

All new X3 models’ maintenance requirements are covered by BMW’s Condition Based Service programme which identifies the condition of a vehicle based on actual use, realising the full potential of a vehicle and minimising costs.

Under the CBS system, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which the vehicle is used including mileage, time elapsed since the last service, fuel consumption and how the vehicle is driven.  The information captured is used to determine the vehicle’s maintenance requirements, identifying that either an annual vehicle inspection or an oil service is due.

In addition, BMW service and selected maintenance costs can now be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI). BSI offers two packages; BMW Service Inclusive Basic provides scheduled servicing cover, while BMW Service Inclusive Plus combines scheduled servicing and selected maintenance items. Based on individual lifestyle needs, a year range and kilometre option is selected, starting from 3 years/60,000kms. The BSI plan provides a long-term solution enabling cover to be extended and transferred to future vehicles owners before expiry.

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BMW X3 Australian Pricing*:

Australian MLP*

X3 xDrive 20i


X3 xDrive 20d


X3 xDrive 28i


X3 xDrive 30d



* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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