The current generation of BMW’s compact crossover has been around since 2017 and it makes perfect sense that the 2022 BMW X3 is coming with a full load of updates. It is getting a mid-cycle update, which will include updates in all kinds of aspects, starting from a new styling, updated interior, new features. Most importantly, we will finally see the genuine M version, which will use the same powertrain as M3 and M4 models.
Despite the updates, the overall layout will remain the same. Therefore, we are pretty sure that you may count on familiar design characteristics. In other words, the new 2022 BMW X3 will continue to offer a great balance between comfort and agility, between luxury and practicality. Also, there is a pretty long list of standard and available equipment, while the powertrain lineup includes few pretty smooth and refined units.
We expect that the updated model will hit the market sometime in the second half of the year.
2022 BMW X3 Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, this will be a typical mid-cycle update. We are about to see a plethora of changes, mainly in terms of styling. Both end will come with novelties, though the bigger ones will come at the front. Of course, that refers to things like the new grille, new headlights bumper etc. The rear end will be updated with a new rear bumper, new taillights, new exhaust tips etc. Of course, we also count on typical mid-cycle updates, such as new color options, new wheels etc.
Another big novelty we should mention is that base models will be available with the M appearance package. In other words, you will get a chance to upgrade your standard model with the styling that closely resembles M-badged versions, particularly the M40i.
A couple of interior updates will come as well. From what we know so far, the main tweaks will come from the dashboard design. The center console will be reworked, with reorganized knobs and buttons. On the other hand, the overall cabin layout will remain untouched, which means that base models will continue with a 10.2-inch infotainment screen and same-sized cluster. Both units will be available in bigger versions with 12.3 inches diagonally.
As the overall cabin layout is about to remain the same, you may also count on the same amount of passenger space. The front seats are massive and comfortable, while the driving position is excellent. The second row is also spacious enough to accommodate taller passengers with ease.
The cargo volume will remain the same, which means that you may count on about 28.7 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 62.7 cubic feet in total. Those are pretty impressive ratings for a compact luxury SUV.
2022 BMW X3 Engines
The standard 2022 BMW X3 will be available in two powertrain variants. The plug-in hybrid has been discontinued and gasoline-only variants will be available. Of course, the offer will start with a smaller 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 248 horsepower, which is more than enough to satisfy most drivers. It comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission and returns around 25 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
On the other hand, the M40i model will continue with a familiar 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, which puts out around 382 horsepower. With all that power, it’s no wonder that the M40i needs just 4.4 seconds to hit 60 mph. When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2022 BMW X3 M
One of the biggest novelties for the next year will be the new 2022 BMW X3 M, which will be the most capable X3 ever. Although it will be based on the same 3.0-liter inline-six engine, it will be significantly tuned up. The max output will go up to 472 horsepower, while the Competition model will feature a max output of 503 horsepower. The latter will need just 3.3 seconds to hit 60 mph.
Of course, the engine won’t be the only upgrade. This version will get the full treatment and it will come with significantly upgraded suspension, much bigger brakes, bigger wheels with low-profile tires and more. Naturally, we will also see a full load of exclusive styling details, which will accentuate the model’s high-performance character.
2022 BMW X3 Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 BMW X3 sometime in the second half of the year, with a starting price of around 44.500 dollars. The M model will cost around 70.000 dollars. Models like Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 are some of the toughest competitors.