Facelifted BMW X3 Gains Diesel Engine and Discount RWD Model

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BMW's sellout to soccer moms gets a little bit more interesting for 2015.

When BMW unveiled the X3 in 2003, it was criticized for selling out to market demands, producing an SUV that was neither off-road-capable nor fun to drive. Now, with the third generation X3, BMW is trying to up its appeal, offering a US-first diesel - the X3 xDrive28d - and also an entry-level sDrive28i RWD model starting below $40,000. The diesel will receive a 2.0-liter, TwinPower turbo-diesel, making 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. With an 8-speed auto, it'll make 0-60 mph in under 8 secs.

The lower-range model will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo inline-4, with 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Topping the lineup of the revamped SUV, BMW will offer a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder, producing 300 hp. All models will be offered with a choice of xLine and M Sport trim packages, and rear-wheel drive (sDrive) or all-wheel drive (xDrive). The M Sport gets aerodynamic exterior parts, high-gloss trim, improved sport's transmission, steering and suspension and interior upgrades including sports seats. All models get new, cleaner headlamps with available LED, a 3D signature kidney grille, tweaked rear bumper, new side mirrors, and fresh colors and wheel options.

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