2015 BMW X3 Preview
2015 BMW X3 Preview
- New entry-level, rear-drive X3 sDrive28i model
- New diesel-powered X3 xDrive28d model
- Revised design inside and out
- New xLine trim package
- New M Sport trim package
- Next-generation iDrive system
- Standard BMW Assist eCall system
- Available Smart Opener tailgate
- Available Parking Assistant technology
- Available Active Driving Assistant systems
- Available next-generation navigation system
- On sale in spring of 2014
- Priced from $39,325, including destination
Debuting at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the 2015 BMW X3 represents a mid-life freshening for the popular crossover SUV, or Sports Activity Vehicle, as BMW prefers. Though it might not look much different, BMW has bestowed upon the 2015 X3 multiple powertrain, infotainment, and safety upgrades in order to keep it competitive.
Look closely and it is easy to spot the 2015 BMW X3 model's updated headlight and grille designs, new front and rear bumpers, side mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, and LED fog lights. The new 2015 X3 is offered in four new paint colors, and with four new wheel designs. A new Smart Opener power tailgate is available, providing hands-free access to the cargo area.
Behind the 2015 BMW X3 model's 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat, the cargo area can hold up to 27.3 cu. ft. of stuff. Fold the seat down and capacity expands to 63.3 cu. ft.
For 2015, the BMW X3 features new chrome interior accents, a black panel display climate control system, new cup holders with sliding covers, and a sliding center console armrest. A leather-wrapped sport steering wheel is standard, and BMW offers four new upholstery colors and four new interior trim types.
The 2015 BMW X3 can be fitted with a new xLine trim treatment designed to give the crossover SUV a more rugged appearance. The look includes metallic bumper inserts, satin grille trim and side cladding, and simulated brush guards front and rear.
A new M Sport trim treatment is also available for the 2015 X3. It includes an M Sport aerodynamic styling kit, Shadowline exterior trim, and unique 19-in. or available 20-in. wheel designs. Inside, the X3 M Sport model is equipped with sport seats and an Anthracite headliner, and hardware upgrades include an 8-speed Sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters, sport suspension tuning, and sport steering tuning.
In addition to these trim packages, the 2015 BMW X3 can be optioned with LED headlights, a premium audio system, navigation system, and a Storage package to configure the cargo area in multiple ways.
Under the Hood
The new 2015 BMW X3 sDrive28i and the familiar X3 xDrive 28i have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard, helping the rear-drive X3 sDrive28i model to accelerate to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, according to BMW. The xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD) system splits power 20% to the front wheels and 80% to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions, is designed to compensate for understeer and oversteer, and includes a hill-descent control system.
The new 2015 BMW X3 xDrive35i includes AWD and is equipped with a turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine producing 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter available from 1,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm.