It was in 2003, when BMW founded the mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment with the launch of the original BMW X3 - that quickly, gathered a loyal fan base with more than one million units sold worldwide. The second-generation BMW X3 too, which debuted in 2010 made a compelling case for itself. Now however, its time for another facelift for the X3 SAV and this, third-generation model is scheduled to make its debut in the country this August 2014. The model was first seen at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in February.
Visual changes made to the BMW X3 include, modified twin-circular headlights with LED as optional, a new kidney grille, new front and rear bumpers and exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators. On the inside, one can find generous chrome application, a new centre console with automatic climate control system in a high-gloss black-panel display and new cup holders with a sliding cover for the centre console underline. The interiors also get revisions to the upholstery and trim options.
Powering the 2015 BMW X3 in India will be the all-new 2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel engine that has been tuned to produce improved power output of 190PS and provide better fuel efficiency as compared to the engine that serves the current model. The range of petrol variants on the other hand, will be continue to be served by the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder twin-turbo petrol engines.
BMW India assembles the X3 at its plant in Chennai and we reckon, the upcoming model too, will be brought into the country via the CKD route from August onwards. Stay tuned to AutoPortal, as we bring to you all the latest news and updates about the 2015 BMW X3.