Pricing starts at $43,700.
After sightings of prototypes undergoing testing and revealing leaked photos, BMW has finally unveiled the 2022 X3 and X4, which have been updated with sharper styling and new interior tech as part of a mid-cycle update.
To freshen up the styling, the 2022 BMW X3's LED headlights are 0.4 inches thinner, while the kidney grille is larger and surrounded by a chrome frame, giving the front fascia a bolder appearance. Don't worry though, the larger grille isn't as unsightly as the redesigned kidney grilles that have plagued recent models like the new 4 Series. The front bumper and rear bumpers have also been subtly tweaked.
Redesigned LED rear lights with a black border adorn the rear along with sportier exhaust trim. These subtle changes are welcome as the X3 was starting to show its age. The same styling changes are applied to the X4, which also features a unique mesh grille to distinguish it.
Both models are available with optional M Sport packages adding sporty styling enhancements such as larger air intakes, black exterior accents, and larger wheels measuring up to 21 inches. New paint options for the X3 include Brooklyn Grey metallic and Tanzanite Blue II, while the X4 is available in a new metallic Piermont Red.
Inside, the 2022 X3 and X4 are more technologically advanced, with a new standard 10.25-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The latter is optional for the X3 and comes as standard in the X4. There is also a new center console finished in high gloss black with a redesigned gear shifter from the 3 Series. Power sports seats are equipped as standard, or an optional leather interior is available in Black, Oyster and Mocha. While the i4 and iX will be the first BMW models that will benefit from the new next-generation iDrive 8 infotainment system, the refreshed X3 and X4 retain BMW's current iDrive 7 system.
Mechanically, the entry-level versions of the refreshed X3 and X4 are identical to their predecessors. Powering the BMW X3 sDrive, X3 xDrive30i and X4 xDrive30i is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine generating 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, enabling the 2.0-liter models to accelerate from 0-60 mph in six seconds flat and max out at 130 mph.
A 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo rated at 382 hp and 369 lb-ft powers the X3 M40i and BMW X4 M40i, which will sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and reach a top speed of either 130 mph or 155 mph depending on the tire specification. The M40i models also benefit from a 48-volt mild-hybrid system adding an additional 11 hp boost, as well as a more aggressive-sounding flap-controlled sports exhaust system, sport brakes, and adaptive suspension. All models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
As for safety tech, the Driving Assistance Professional package now includes an active driving assistant combining active cruise control with stop & go-function and an active lane-keeping assist with side collision avoidance. The optional parking assistance package now also includes a backup assistant. Standard safety tech includes cruise control with automatic braking, a front collision warning with automatic braking for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, a lane departure warning, and active blind-spot detection.
Pricing for the 2022 BMW X3 starts at $43,700 for the sDrive 30i, $45,700 for the xDrive 30i, and $57,800 for the M40i. The X4 starts at $51,800 for the xDrive30i, excluding the $995 destination charge, or $62,400 for the M40i. Production of both SUVs will begin in August.