Consisting mainly of an aerodynamics package with unique front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a roof spoiler, the kit also ads high-gloss shadow line trim for the side window surrounds and roof rails, chrome tailpipes and 19-inch or optionally, 20-inch alloy wheels. Customers in search of a bit more exclusivity can opt for Carbon Black metallic paintwork.
On the inside of the crossover, the M Sport Package adds sports seats with exclusive Pearlpoint fabric/leather upholstery, an M leather-trimmed steering wheel with multifunction buttons including a Cruise Control button, door sills with the M logo and an M footrest. The roof lining now is anthracite, while brushed aluminium interior trim, an M shift lever (only for the X3 xDrive 20d fitted with manual transmission) and a stainless steel insert in the loading sill, finish off the list interior upgrades.
As is the case with most M Sport Packages, a new sports suspension has been fitted and is available across the range. On the X3 xDrive35i a Sports automatic transmission, steering wheel shift paddles and variable sports steering, including Servotronic have been fitted.
In addition to the kit, BMW has also announced the introduction of two new engines for the European X3 model. The two powerplants in question are a 3.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-six petrol with 258 HP and 310 Nm (228 lb-ft), and a 3.0-liter straight-six turbo diesel with 258 HP and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of peak torque.
When fitted to the X3 xDrive28i, the 3.0-liter helps it reach the 100 km/h (62 mph) threshold in 6.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph). The average fuel consumption is 9.0 liters/100 km (26.1 mpg) with CO2 emissions of 210 g/km. The X3 xDrive30d reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds and goes on to the same top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph), while returning 6.0 lt/100 km (39.2 mpg) and 159 g/km.
Both engines will be available on the European market next spring.