Coming at you all the way from South Africa.
The BMW X3 and X4 were updated in June, but at the time, only images of the lesser 30i models were available. The updated X3 recently made its debut in South Africa, where the X3 also happens to be manufactured.
As we mentioned in our original update article, the 2022 X3 has headlights that are 0.4 inches slimmer, and the kidney grilles are larger. It also has redesigned rear taillights and sportier exhaust trim. On the 30i models, the M Sport Packages are optional. This recent round of updates will make the X3 more competitive against the upcoming, all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC.
The X3 M40i is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder producing 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, BMW didn't have pictures of the M40i at the time, but thanks to BMW South Africa, we can now share some images of the model that slots in below the X3 M.
To us, the M40i is the best model in the range, including the X3 M. The latter is way too firm to live with, while the M40i provides nearly the same sort of performance.
It also looks the business, thanks to the standard M Sports Package. This package includes a model-specific front apron with larger air inlets finished in high-gloss black and a sportier rear bumper with a diffuser finished in Dark Shadow. It also uses the same side mirrors you'll find on the X3 M.
A set of double-spoke 20-inch alloys are standard, and you get M sport brakes with blue or red brake calipers. On the inside, BMW includes an M steering wheel as standard. Underneath, the M Sport Suspension is also standard.
The X3 M40i has an MSRP of $57,800, while the full-fat X3 M retails for $69,900. BMW claims the M40i will do 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds, while the X3 M can do it in 3.9 seconds. The average person won't feel that difference, plus the M40i's ride is so much better.
Plus, Black Widow stole an M40i to get away from the baddies in her movie. That's a proper endorsement.