Besides luxury and practicality, the X3 delivers something most compact SUVs don’t – a high level of athleticism. With all these strengths, it’s no wonder that many consider this model the best in class, even today, five years after the launch of the current generation. Of course, a mid-cycle refresh happened recently, so we are pretty sure that the current generation will remain in production for a few more years. Logically, the 2023 BMW X3 should feature no bigger changes.
This means that you may count on a premium crossover that is strong in all fields. We like its refined powertrain and high level of athleticism. Furthermore, we like the fact that this model features one of the most spacious cabins in the segment, offering respectable amounts of cargo and passenger room. The interior quality is good, the average fuel economy is good. Simply, it’s hard to find a bigger drawback on this crossover.
2023 BMW X3 Redesign
Design-wise, the next model year shouldn’t bring any notable change. The 2023 BMW X3 will continue with the same design, which was updated last recently. Most of the updates were in terms of styling. We saw a revised front end, with things like a new grille, front bumpers and tweaked headlights. The rear end has brought things like a new bumper and new taillights. Of course, there are also things like new wheels, new color options etc. After all these changes, we expect that the 2023 X3 will be a typical carryover model, with no notable updates.
What’s even more important is the mechanical aspect of the vehicle. This crossover features a fantastic chassis setup, which makes it ride more like a sedan than a crossover. The level of athleticism is impressive, even in the most basic version. Of course, the M-badged model emphasizes performance even more.
The Bavarian carmaker plays on the safe card when it comes to interior design. The dashboard layout is rather simplistic and mostly about conservative design solutions. However, that doesn’t mean that the cabin doesn’t look upscale. The materials are really fine, which the build quality is very good. Rivals like Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC look a little bit flashier from the inside, but X3’s overall quality is on par with rivals.
What’s the X3’s big advantage is practicality and functionality. This model features one of the most spacious cabins in the class, which offers generous amounts of passenger space. Both rows offer plenty of room for adults, while the front seats are massive and supportive. As usual, the driving position is excellent.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 28.7 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 62.7 cubic feet. That is one of the highest ratings in the class.
Novelties in this aspect are always possible, but we don’t expect to see too many of them for the 2023 model year. The current model comes standard with tri-zone climate control, keyless entry, a 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a 12-speaker stereo. Additionally, you can get goodies like a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, a gesture control system, and wireless device charging, as well as proximity keyless entry, a hands-free power liftgate, rear sunshades, and a panoramic moonroof.
The same thing is with safety features. Currently, all models come standard with front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. Also, there are options like a head-up display, adaptive pivoting headlights, parallel park assist, a surround-view parking camera system, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
2023 BMW X3 Engines
Things under the hood definitely won’t change. So, base models will continue with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 248 horsepower and offer pretty decent performance. Even this, the most basic version needs around six seconds to hit sixty, so we are pretty sure that most drivers will be satisfied with it, especially if we consider pretty good fuel economy. This model returns around 25 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
For more ambitious drivers, there is the M40i model, which now comes in a mild hybrid setup. It features a 3.0-liter inline-six, which puts out around 382 horsepower and hits 60 in just 4.4 seconds.
Both models come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.
2023 BMW X3 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 BMW X3 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022, with a starting price of around 45.000 dollars.