An updated 2013 BMW X3 will go into production in April with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, more tech options and a new M performance package.
The 4xDrive28i will replace its 240-horsepower inline-six-cylinder with an equally powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder motor. The engine — already available on the 3 Series, 5 Series and Z4 — also comes with an auto stop/start feature for improved gas mileage. The current X3 xDrive28i gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined.
The new four-cylinder won't make the X3 cheaper, but it won't make it any more expensive, either. At $37,995 including destination, the SUV costs the same as the outgoing 2012 trim. The xDrive28i gets more standard equipment, however, including a power liftgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome tailpipes and a fuel-saving program BMW calls Driving Dynamics Control.
For folks who still prefer the sound of six-cylinder power, the xDrive35i soldiers on with its 3.0-liter inline-six, which produces 300 hp. It also gets an auto start/stop feature that will improve fuel economy by up to 3% in certain conditions, BMW says. The xDrive35i will go on sale for $43,595, which is also the same as last year's model. An M Sport Package featuring 19-inch wheels is available on the xDrive35i.
A new lane departure warning system is optional. Additional trim, feature and fuel economy info will be made available closer to the SUV's launch early this summer.