Updated 2022 BMW X3 And X4, Hybrid Engine, New Interior

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K. Rawat 

Automotive Journalist

June 10, 2021  at 5:39 AM

BMW is presenting the mid-cycle refresh for the X3 and X4 SUV. They are adorned with several little styling upgrades and a mild-hybrid powertrain for its M40i models. The facelifted 2022 BMW X3 M and X4 M also brings extra grunt and updated styling.

Both the 2022 BMW X3 SUV and X4 crossover have received comprehensive updates. For the first time the M40i variants gets the mild-hybrid tech. Pricing starts at $44,695 for the X3 and $52,795 for the X4

Powertrain And Performance

When it comes to the powertrain, entry-level X3 sDrive the X3 xDrive30i and X4 xDrive30i get a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain with 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This interprets a claimed zero-to-60-mph time of a six second and an electronically limited speed of 130 mph. In addition, every model is fitted with the ZF-sourced 8HP eight-speed automatic. And the plug-in-hybrid models are entirely gone.

The X3 M40i and X4 M40i variants get a 3.0-liter inline-six engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. It makes a combined 382 hp and 369 lb-ft. and the M40i can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a quick 4.4 seconds.

Same as before, you still get a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with the M SUVs. The standard X3 M and X4 M put out 473 horsepower with a 13 lb-ft torque bump to 457 lb-ft. The X3 M and X4 M Competition, on the other hand, achieve 503 horsepower, with a more solid 37 lb-ft jump to 479 lb-ft of torque produced. With the extra oomph, 0-60 times drop by up to three-tenths of a second. 

The non-Competition model now clocks the sprint in 3.9 seconds. That said, both the X3 M and X4 M Competition are 0.3 seconds quicker to 60 mph than before — both will complete the sprint in 3.8 seconds, suggesting some improvements have been made.

The other go-fast goodies included on the M-branded X4s remain largely unchanged. The standard adaptive M suspension remains the same, and comfort, sport, and sport+ modes are still there to tailor the throttle map, suspension settings, steering weight, and other features to the driver's liking.

Exterior

Flanking the enlarged kidneys is a set of squinted LED headlamps, giving the X3 and X4 a redesigned front end. In addition, you can now locate completely redesigned LED taillights at the back section, what BMW calls a "pincer claw shape with incorporated horizontal turn signal bars at the center.

BMW states that the X4 gets a reworked back bumper in the high-heeled X4M version. The m-sport xDrive30i includes larger wheels and while the M40i has got greater 19-inch wheels as conventional equipment. Piermont Red is an all-new exclusive color for the X3. There are also four new paint colors: Carbon Black, Brooklyn Grey metallic, Bay Blue metallic, and Sao Paulo Yellow.

Interior

The center console is redesigned with a new design, which sits under the reworked instrument cluster and the new 10.25-inch infotainment display in the X3. The Live Cockpit Professional upgrade increases that screen to 12.3 inches while enhancing the instrument cluster to a 12.3-inch display. The larger screens are standard in the X4.

The standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster offers a choice of visual presentations, including an M-specific layout. The optional head-up display also includes M-specific content. The redesigned center console includes a button to access the setup screen for the various powertrain and suspension modes.

Safety

The new BMW X3 and X4's numerous driver assistance systems process camera images and data collected by ultrasonic and radar sensors. Standard systems include cruise control with braking function and front collision warning with braking function for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, Lane Departure Warning, and Active Blind Spot Detection.

Pricing

The MSRP begins at $43,700 for the X3 and $51,800 for the X4 plus $995 Destination. The X3 M is starting at $70,895, and the X4 M is starting at $74,395. Both the updated cars will go on sale this fall.

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