Facelifted versions of the BMW X3 and X4 have been revealed ahead of an Australian arrival in the fourth quarter of 2021.
The headline act is the availability of the X3 xDrive30e PHEV (plug-in hybrid) model that uses a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine paired with an electric motor and 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In total, the system outputs 215kW of power and 420Nm of torque. Peak power can climb to 245kW for brief periods under load.
With a fully charged battery, the X3 PHEV can cover 46km of pure-electric driving, while the sprint from 0-100km/h takes 6.1 seconds.
Changes to the wider X3 and X4 range include redesigned kidney grille, headlights, front apron and rear bumper, while new graphics have been applied to the rear lights.
On the inside, both cars gain the new centre console design from the latest 4 Series including the two 12.3-inch displays running BMW’s OS7.0 infotainment system.
In Australia, BMW is expected to offer the following powertrains:
X3 sDrive20i: 2.0-litre turbo petrol with 135kW/300Nm, rear-wheel drive
X4 xDrive20i: 2.0-litre turbo petrol with 135kW/300Nm, all-wheel drive
X3 xDrive20d: 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 140kW/400Nm, all-wheel drive
X3 xDrive30i: 2.0-litre turbo petrol with 185kW/350Nm, all-wheel drive
X4 xDrive30i: 2.0-litre turbo petrol with 185kW/350Nm, all-wheel drive
X3 xDrive 30d: 3.0-litre turbo diesel with 195kW/620Nm, all-wheel drive
X3 M40i: 3.0-litre turbo petrol with 265kW/500Nm, all-wheel drive
X4 M40i: 3.0-litre turbo petrol with 265kW/500Nm, all-wheel drive
Every engine is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The flagship X3 M and X4 M performance models also get the infotainment upgrade and a revised engine. The 3.0-litre inline-six turbocharged unit now produces 375kW of power and 650Nm of torque, 50Nm more torque than before. BMW says this is due to a range of changes including a forged crankshaft.
Thanks to the extra torque, the sprint to 100km/h can now be done in 3.8 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster than before.
Additional changes for 2022 include redesigned headlights, kidney grille, tail-lights, bumpers and fresh alloy wheels.
BMW’s Driving Assistant Professional is now included as standard and features an improved adaptive cruise control system, emergency lane-keeping assist, and a smoother lane-centring system.
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