The BMW X3 received a minor model change last year in other markets, but now we're finally getting the refreshed model (otherwise known as an LCI or Life Cycle Impulse in BMW-speak) in the country.
SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation, the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines is now offering the 2023 BMW X3 xDrive20D Business, featuring a host of enhancements both inside and out, plus some added standard equipment.
For starters, the refreshed X3 gets a larger kidney grille to go along with a sharper and more aggressive front bumper design. Its full LED headlights have been reprofiled for a more contoured look.
Other exterior changes are seen in the rear section, where the new LED taillights have black borders with integrated horizontal turn signal bars in the middle. In addition, the rear bumper gets a redesign with repositioned reflectors and a larger, squared-off exhaust finisher. Lastly, the refreshed X3 rolls on a set of 18-inch wheels called the V-spoke 618 design and are wrapped on 225/60R18 tires.
Inside, the changes are likewise subtle. The refreshed X3 has an all-black interior that features the 5.1-inch BMW Live Cockpit Plus instrument, while its electronically-adjustable front sport seats are upholstered in high-quality Black Vernasca leather. The dashboard gets a bigger 10.25-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard, as well as new three-zone climate control.
BMW made some changes to the center console and now features a redesigned gear selector lever, together with buttons for the start/stop system, the electric parking brake, hill descent control, various driving experience functions, as well as the BMW iDrive Controller.
Like the pre-facelift version, the X3 is powered by a 2.0-liter, inline-four cylinder TwinPower Turbo unit that churns out 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission that transfers power to all four wheels with the xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
The BMW X3 xDrive20D sells for PHP 3,790,000 and comes standard with a 5-year comprehensive BMW warranty.