Compared to the previous model it is characterized by a more dynamic profile with a sloped character line, while the trademark profile of the third window has been maintained.
At the front, the kidney grille and triangular headlight are combined with circular fog headlights positioned just below the main lighting units.
The rear end is defined by horizontal lines and compared to the first generation model has smoother surfaces and is more integrated with the rear quarter panels.
The entry-level model will be powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, with a power output of 184hp at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 380 Nm between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm.
For this unit BMW has claimed a CO2 emissions of only 149g/km, and an average fuel consumption of 50.4 mpg.
The top-of-the-line X3 xDrive35i will feature a 3 liter six cylinder gasoline engine, with 306 hp and 400 Nm.