Updated BMW iX3 gets styling in line with standard X3

    Published On Aug 15, 2021 08:00:00 AM

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    All-electric iX3 gets styling updates a little over a year after it was revealed in production spec.

    The all-electric BMW iX3 has received an update a little over a year after its production-spec debut in 2020. The electric SUV will make its public debut at the Munich auto show 2021, with production set to begin by end-September 2021.

    • Styling in line with X3 facelift
    • All-electric powertrain remains unchanged
    • Public debut at Munich motor show 2021

    BMW iX3 facelift: styling updates

    The most obvious styling tweaks, which bring the iX3 into line with its recently updated combustion-powered X3 sibling, include a larger front grille with a new mesh pattern (it’s still blanked-off), slimmer headlight clusters, an expanded lower air intake, reshaped air curtains and a subtly overhauled rear end with new light and bumper designs. The updated iX3 also gets a more sportier look than before with BMW offering the electric SUV with the M Sport cosmetic package as standard.

    As before, the iX3 is marked out from the standard X3 by way of blue trim elements that nod to its electric innards, along with bespoke wheel designs.

    The cabin too gets similar changes as on the updated X3, with blue highlights on the gear selector, start-stop button and 12.3-inch digital dials.

    BMW iX3 facelift: powertrain

    There have been no technical changes, so the 74kWh (net) battery still provides up to 460km of WLTP range. It can be charged at speeds of up to 150kW, for an 80 percent top-up time in just 34 minutes.

    With 286hp and 400Nm of torque from its rear-mounted motor, the iX3 gets from 0-100kph in 6.8sec and on to a top speed of 180kph.

    BMW iX3 facelift: India launch

    There is currently no news about an India launch for the iX3, though BMW is expected to launch the X3 facelift in India by the end of the year. Aside from the standard spec, BMW has confirmed an India launch for the more performance-oriented X3 M40i, which could also arrive with the facelift. Also on the cards is the updated X4.

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