BMW's updated crossover is getting closer to production.
Now that the electric iX3 has officially entered production, BMW is focusing its attention on the combustion-powered X3 it's based on. Back in August, a prototype photographed by our spies confirmed that BMW is preparing to give the compact crossover a facelift to help it compete with the recently updated Audi Q5 and Jaguar F-Pace. Judging from the progress made on this new prototype, the refreshed BMW X3 is getting closer to production.
Since our last sighting, the BMW X3 prototype has been fitted with new production-ready headlights and taillights. At the front, the LED daytime running lights are also now visible and share the same design as the recently facelifted BMW 5 Series. The headlights also have a slimmer shape than the previous model's, and the taillights are updated with new graphics.
One photo also shows the updated X3 parked next to the upcoming X4 facelift. While the X4 will get a diamond style grille pattern, the X3 will retain its regular grille. And don't worry, the grille won't be significantly larger like on the new M3 and M4. Elsewhere, expect the front and rear bumpers to get some minor tweaks to keep the design looking fresh. One of the prototypes also appears to be the sportier M40i model fitted with larger wheels and an aero kit.
We still don't have any photos of the cabin to share yet, but the infotainment system will likely have a larger screen and the latest iDrive software installed. The cabin is also expected to sport a redesigned shifter knob.
Under the hood, we aren't expecting any radical changes. The current entry-level BMW X3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 248 hp and 258 lb-ft, while the M40i uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine rated at 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
These options should carry over, possibly with some minor power increases. BMW hasn't announced a debut date yet, but we're expecting the refreshed X3 to arrive sometime next year and go on sale for the 2022 model year.