Spied! 2014 BMW X3
Minor Styling Changes for BMW's Second-Best Selling SUV
The X5 may be BMW's best-selling SUV, but the slightly smaller X3 is not far behind, and remains an important part of BMW's product lineup both in the U.S. and worldwide. To keep things interesting, it appears that BMW will give the X3 a mild freshening for the 2014 model year.
The overall lines and sheetmetal of the X3 are largely unchanged, with the most significant, but still minor changes happening in the front. The current X3's upper bumper-mounted fog/driving lights look like they may disappear for 2014, possibly integrated into the main headlamp cluster, or supplanted by LEDs somewhere else, although the high-tech brightwork is not visible in these photos. However, there is a telltale strip of camo tape over the lower edge of the headlights, indicating possible LED accents.
The other main change that looks likely up front is less gray/black plastic, and more body-color trim, for a cleaner, more upscale look. The F30 3 Series has started the new trend of BMW's headlights extending all the way to the edge of the chrome grille bezels. The restyle on the X3 doesn't appear to follow suit at first glance, but could be covering up some bigger changes.
Finally, a close look at the door panels on this tester reveal it’s the 20d model, indicating it's equipped with one of BMW's 2.0-liter diesel powerplants. The current Euro-spec X3 20d produces 181 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. While these photos were taken in Europe, and are not necessarily an indication of what will be offered in the U.S. market, BMW has said it will bring back a 3 Series diesel to the U.S. market, likely powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and there's a good possibility the X3 could get this option as well somewhere down the road.