But it just came out!
The 2022 BMW iX will be the German automaker's first electric SUV sold in the United States. Its first EV, the 2020 BMW iX3 recently went on sale in Europe after entering production back in October. It comes with an 80-kWh battery pack driving electricity to a rear motor with 282 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Performance is spry with a 0-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds and a driving range of around 250 miles on a charge.
These numbers pale in comparison to the upcoming iX, which was just announced with 496 hp, a sub-five-second 0-60 mph time, and a 300-mile driving range. Perhaps that's why, despite just going on sale, BMW is already prepping a facelift for the iX3.
This prototype looks to have similar details as the already-spotted X3 and the sportier X3 M, both of which are set to receive facelifts. The facelift, also known as a Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) in BMW terms, should include new headlights, taillights, and front and rear bumpers. Luckily, BMW has chosen not to give the X3 family the same large grille found on the M3 and M4.
Looking at the side profile, it appears as though the iX3 will receive an M Sport package based on the revised air outlets on the front fenders.
The fender clearly houses a covered M badge, and we know (almost for a fact) that the iX3 won't spawn a full M variant.
There are no shots of the cabin, but like the X3 and X3 M, the iX3 should receive some interior updates such as a larger infotainment screen and revised iDrive system. As of now, there are no indications that the iX3 will receive any improvements in power or range.
Expect to see the facelifted iX3 officially in late 2021 or early 2022.