The Detroit News reports that the BMW X3 SUV will get a light facelift for the 2007 model year, which hits the midpoint of the product's lifecycle. Expected at the Paris Motor Show this September, the little ute will sport an updated front and rear, as well as a significantly improved interior to tide us over until the all-new model hits the show floor for 2009.

BMW better make the X3 a more attractive prospect before a new slew of little luxury utes hits the market soon, specifically the quirky Acura RDX that comes with the company's first turbocharged powerplant ever. Don't forget the new Hyundai Santa Fe, as well. The Korean manufacturer named the BMW X3 as one of the benchmarks it strove to exceed in appeal and undercut in price.

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