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The Bavarians have revealed its facelifted 2015 BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), soon to be unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show happening this weend. The facelift is not limited to just subtle aesthetic changes but also introduces a new diesel engine option and a rear wheel drive variant.

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The new oil-burner in the X3 xDrive28d features a 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine that kicks out 180 hp and 380 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just under 8 seconds.

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The rear-wheel-drive variant comes in the form of the X3 sDrive28i, using a 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo petrol engine that produces 240 hp and 353 Nm of torque, all channeled to the rear wheels. This alternative to the all-wheel-drive variants gets to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds.

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Exterior-wise, the 2015 BMW X3 SAV grows 10 mm longer with newly designed front and rear bumpers but, according to BMW, still retains the same compact, usable dimensions of its successful predecessor. There’s a newly designed twin circular headlights with a full-LED specification as an option. The signature BMW kidney grille is said to have been revised to pose an even sharper visual impact. LED turn signal indicators are now housed in the wing mirrors.

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The interior has been upgraded with understated chrome applications, the center console with automatic climate control system in a high-gloss black-panel look, and wood trim with chrome accents further enhances high-quality surroundings. And there’s also new cup holders in the center console with a sliding cover.

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Further individualisation can be had in either the xLine or M Sport. The xLine offers metallic inserts in the bumpers, satin aluminum side cladding and bars in the air intakes, and simulated under guards at the front and rear. There’s also additional leather upholstery variants, trim strips and 19-inch light-alloy wheel options.

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The M Sport, however, gets the M aerodynamic package and High-gloss Shadow Line trim. There’s six paint finishes and two exclusive 19-inch and 20-inch light-alloy wheel options. Inside the M Sport, an Anthracite roof liner and sports seats in various leather upholstery variants are offered. Other upgrades on the M Sport include an eight-speed sport automatic transmission, sport steering and tuned suspension settings.

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