Competes with: Audi Q5, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
Looks like: BMW's typical mid-cycle update applied to the X3
Drivetrain: 180-hp, turbo 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder; 240-hp, turbo 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder or 300-hp, turbo 3.0-liter gasoline six-cylinder; eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive (2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder only) or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014
No, it wasn't in a press conference at today's 2014 Chicago Auto Show, but BMW decided to unveil an update on its X3 SUV, which was last redesigned for 2011. Some visual changes join significant interior updates, particularly among the dashboard's center controls. But the biggest news may be the diesel X3 xDrive28d, which is the first time we've seen a diesel X3 in the U.S. There's also a new rear-wheel-drive version of the four-cylinder gasoline X3, called the sDrive28i.
When the X3 goes on sale this spring, the rear-drive sDrive28i will start at $39,325 including destination. That's $1,400 less than the 2014 X3 xDrive28i, which had standard all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive X3 xDrive28i starts at $40,725 - the same price as the 2014 version — while the xDrive28d and six-cylinder xDrive35i add $2,100 and $5,100, respectively.