2022 BMW X3 Facelift Spied For The First Time
Now that BMW has removed the combustion engine from the X3 to create the all-electric iX3, the next agenda is to update the conventionally-powered luxury crossover. The third-generation model (G01) has been around for around three years already, so it seems pretty much fair that the Bavarians have now been seen testing the revamped version.
The X3 LCI was nabbed by our spies wearing camouflage front and rear, which looks about right as mid-cycle revisions are usually limited to new lights and bumpers. This is exactly what this test vehicle had, because while the fascias were mostly covered, the updated headlights and taillights peeked through the makeup.
It looks like the company’s grille will also undergo changes, but it looks like BMW won’t go the M3 / M4 route by installing a pair of oversized kidneys. Small wheels and round tailpipes suggest we’re looking at an X3 positioned towards the lower end of the range, but rest assured that the spicy M40i and the greasy X3 M should receive similar cosmetic overhauls as well.
Since this is just a facelift rather than a new generation, don’t hold your breath for big changes inside the compact crossover. BMW will likely spruce up the cabin with new trim options, new technology and an updated iDrive in an effort to stay competitive while battling the newly refurbished Audi Q5 and the next-gen Mercedes GLC coming in 2021.
Since this is our first look at the X3 facelift, we don’t expect the official reveal to take place this year. Our Money debuts in Europe sometime in 2021, which will likely translate to 2022MY for the United States.
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