The BMW X3 facelift is all set to be launched in India on January 20, 2022, with the German carmaker officially accepting pre-bookings now. The India-spec model will carry over most of the updates seen on the X3 facelift that was introduced abroad in 2021.
- BMW X3 facelift gets subtle interior and exterior changes
- Expected to carry forward 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel engines
- Pre-booking customers will get free 20-inch M alloy wheels
Customers can book the new X3 online as well as through their local BMW dealerships. Furthermore, to sweeten the pot, BMW India is also offering a free upgrade to the 20-inch ‘M’ alloy wheels (worth Rs 2 lakh) to all customers who pre-book the luxury SUV.
2022 BMW X3 facelift: what’s new?
While the changes are subtle, the X3 facelift will feature larger kidney grille, new LED headlights, a new front apron, and an aluminium finish on the window surrounds and roof rails. At the rear, the tail-lights have also been refreshed and are now slimmer and more sculpted, there is a reprofiled rear bumper and the exhausts are also more pronounced.
On the inside, the X3’s cabin will be overhauled with a revised centre console, in line with the new 4 Series. This means it will have a new 12.3-inch free-standing touchscreen infotainment system taking centre stage, accompanied by an updated digital instrument cluster and updated switchgear in the centre console.
2022 BMW X3 facelift: expected powertrains
Under the hood, the new X3 is expected to carry forward the current model’s petrol and diesel engine options. Meaning, the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel units paired to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system will continue to be used.
Unfortunately, neither the plug-in hybrid version of the X3 facelift (30e) nor the all-electric iX3 available abroad are likely to be introduced in our market yet. There is also no clarity on whether the higher powered 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will be offered in India.
2022 BMW X3 facelift: rivals and expected price
As before, the BMW X3 facelift will compete with the likes of the recently launched Audi Q5 facelift, as well as the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Volvo XC60, once launched in our market. We expect the BMW X3 facelift to be priced in the Rs 55 lakh-70 lakh range (ex-showroom).