BMW X3 and X4 get a refresh


BMW X3 and X4 get a refresh

The stylish contract hire BMW X3 has been revamped with more equipment and sportier styling.

The BMW X4 has also undergone a refresh.

Both models see design tweaks to the rear and front sections, with the X3 having its robust sports activity vehicle appearance accentuated.

For the BMW X4, its sports activity coupe outline has also been enhanced.

Both models now feature hybrid technology with a choice of either four- or six-cylinder engines in both model series.

The X3 xDrive30e offers a plug-in hybrid.

BMW X3 car leasing range

The new BMW X3 car leasing range also offers eight-speed Steptronic transmission and the firm's all-wheel, intelligent drive system, xDrive.

There's more equipment on the new versions including the firm's 'live cockpit professional' that features a 12.3-inch display, along with automatic air-conditioning.

Sport seats have been added to the X3 xLine models and the official launch will take place for the new X3 and X4 in September.

Better levels of standard equipment

The new models also feature better levels of standard equipment with the interior being significantly revised.

The centre console comes straight from the BMW 4 Series and there's a central, free-standing control display that is easy to use.

The display itself is 12.3-inches in size with a wide range of accessible services.

Leather upholstery is standard, and there's the option of an adaptive fastening system for the boot space.

The boot is 550 litres, and with the rear seats folded flat this extends to 1,600 litres in the X3, and 1,430 litres in the X4.

Efficient and powerful diesel engines

BMW has also introduced three efficient and powerful diesel engines for the new vehicles with the 3.0-litre units producing 286hp and torque of 650Nm.

The sees the X3 and X4 sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in less than six seconds, and then onto a top speed of 152 mph.

There's also a more powerful diesel engine for the M Performance models that produces 340hp and torque of 700Nm.

The sprint for this model takes less than five seconds to complete and the top speed of 155 mph is electronically limited.

The X3 and X4 are available with petrol engines, there's a 2.0-litre unit producing 184hp and torque of 300Nm. Its sprint time is 8.4 seconds, and its top speed is 133 mph.

Plug-in hybrid X3 xDrive30e

The plug-in hybrid X3 xDrive30e has a four-cylinder petrol unit and the power from it and the electric motor is sent to all four wheels.

The system delivers 252hp which can be boosted from the electric motor by 40hp.

Its 0 to 62 mph sprint time is 6.1 seconds, and the battery will deliver an all-electric range of 31 miles.

For company car drivers particularly, the hybrid offers fuel economy of up to 141mpg, with emissions of 43g/km.

Otherwise, the fuel economy ranges from 29mpg for the X3 M40i, to 48mpg for the X3 xDrive20d.

The new contract hire BMW X3 and the X4 offer great performance and nice styling for what is an increasingly competitive segment.

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