Spied – BMW X3 facelift caught testing in China

Posted on: Jul 29, 2013 - 3:52pm IST

The BMW X3 is headed for a facelift and here are some images of the prototype being tested in China. These pictures were snapped by Auto Home China’s reader, ‘wudinannan’.

2014 BMW X3 facelift

The current X3 is the second generation model which was introduced in 2010. As it is three years old, BMW will introduce a refresh, or what they call a LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) for the X3.

2014 BMW X3 facelift headlight

We have already seen the sort of facelift BMW does: minor tweaks are applied to the bumpers, grill and lights while the interiors remain largely unchanged. The 2014 BMW 5 Series is a good example of what we are talking about. Hence, do not expect the X3 facelift to sport any drastic changes.

2014 BMW X3 facelift rear

BMW has not camouflaged the car completely, saving it only for the bumpers and headlights. Engine options are expected to continue unaltered.

In India, the X3 is the most affordable all wheel drive BMW you can buy (the company does not sell the X-Drive variants of the X1 or 3 Series). Since the launch of the latest generation, BMW India assembles the X3 at the Chennai plant.

2014 BMW X3 facelift side

Expect the facelifted X3 to be shown by the end of this year, preferably at the Los Angeles Auto Show or at the Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW will introduce the next generation X3 sometime in 2017.

[Images from Auto Home China]

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2 thoughts on “Spied – BMW X3 facelift caught testing in China

  1. Charles says:

    Dear Anjan Ravi:

    This site appears to have the latest X3 LCI photos I can find.

    The door mirrors are hidden for the first time, but I can’t see the rear lights clearly enough for any changes. Can you see if they are changed ?

    Also, many sites are calling their X3 photos 2014 with the same blocky, noisy door mirrors. Do you know if the LCI be a 2014 or 2015 model year ?

    Please tell me if any later date for the X3 LCI release is available now.


    1. Anjan Ravi says:

      Hi Charles,

      BMW seems to be making minor facelifts to their models. Take the 2014 BMW 5 Series for example:


      Since the X3 is already 3 years old, we can expect to see the facelift later this year or early next year. Depending on when it is shown, it may be badged as a 2014 model or a 2015 model.


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