2022 BMW iX3 facelift now on sale: price, specs and release date
August 26, 2021 by
BMW’s updated iX3 electric SUV is now on sale in the UK, with pricing starting at £58,850. Read on for full details.
- Refreshed exterior styling for the iX3 and X3
- Two exclusive iX3 editions for the UK
- More standard kit
- 279-mile range
- Premier Edition Pro pack adds a HUD and Harman Kardon sound
- Premier Edition iX3 priced from £58,850
2022 BMW iX3 and X3 facelift design
The changes to the iX3’s exterior are tiny, but they do — according to BMW anyway — give it a few more visual links to its electric brethren, the large iX SUV and the i4 Gran Coupe electric saloon.
Those changes are largely around the grille, which is a little bigger than before (something of a running theme with BMWs of late) and which now has a slim surrounding trim finished in a pearl-effect blue chrome. The inner surfaces of the grille now have a mesh-style pattern, and there’s a neat little BMW i badge too.
The headlights are also new and are 10mm slimmer than before — just as on the internal combustion X3 models. LED lights are standard with BMW’s ultra-bright Laser Lights available as an option.
Further down, the cooling intakes in the bumper — which feature a ten-stage active air flap which can open and close to improve aerodynamic performance — are now larger, while the intakes at the outer edges get a new ‘L’ shape and BMW i blue accents.
The side wing vents have been reshaped a little, and while BMW has been adding blue accents elsewhere, the ones that were featured on the previous iX3’s side skirts have been deleted. Around the back, there’s a new diffuser under the rear bumper, which does get the blue accent line, while the LED brake lights get a new black surround.
2022 BMW iX3 and X3 facelift interior
Inside, the cabin looks much the same as before, and the iX3 runs the same BMW Operating System 7 as before — that allows for over-the-air software updates, includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and comes with a big 12.3-inch screen in the centre of the dash. That can be controlled by the traditional iDrive controller down on the centre console, or you can use it as a touchscreen.
There’s also gesture control and an updated version of the “Hey BMW” digital voice assistant. The 12.3-inch digital instrument panel is unchanged.
The mapping system for the iX3’s sat-nav has also been updated, and now includes a map overlay that shows you how far you can drive on the current battery charge (a trick lifted from the smaller i3), as well as a navigation charging planner, that can recommend where and when to stop and charge when you’re on a longer journey, as well as helping you to find faster-charging points and chargers that are near points of interest (as opposed to at the back of a grubby retail park).
BMW Charging service
Along with the launch of the updated iX3, BMW UK is also launching BMW Charging — a service which the Munich carmaker says gives drivers access to more charging points around the world than any other, using a single RFID chip card, or the BMW smartphone app. In the UK, the BMW Charging works with providers such as BP pulse (including ChargeYourCar), ESB, Osprey, Source London and Chargepoint Network UK (including INSTAVOLT), as well as the high-power 350kW IONITY chargers. In all, BMW Charging gives access to 8,500 AC and 1,500 DC charging points across the UK, plus a further 162,000 AC and 11,000 DC charging points across Europe.
There are two optional packages that you can pay for as part of your BMW Charging membership — a BP Pulse option, priced at £7.85 per month, which gets you preferential charging rates at BP Pulse locations. Customers using up to 22kW AC pay just £0.16 per kWh, up to 43kW AC or 50kW DC is £0.23 per kWh, and up to 150kW DC at £0.27 per kWh.
Or there’s the IONITY Plus package, at £11.30 per month, which gets you a £0.26 per kWh rate at IONITY stations, saving drivers £0.43 per kWh compared to the pay-as-you-go rate when using up to 350kW DC charging.
If you buy a new iX3, you get both those extra charging packages, free, for 12 months.
2022 BMW iX3 facelift performance, batteries and range
The iX3 hasn’t changed mechanically — or electrically — so it’s still using the same 80kWh battery pack, the same 285hp, 400Nm of torque electric motor, and it has the same 286-mile one-charge range on the WLTP test.
The battery can charge at up to 400-volts and 150kW, so if you hook it up to a high-power charger, you can add 62-miles of extra range in just ten minutes. It’ll also do 0-62mph in just 6.8secs, with a top speed of 112mph.
2022 BMW iX3 and X3 facelift price and release date
The facelifted BMW iX3 is now on sale in the UK, though no sign just yet of the regular X3.
The updated BMW iX3 range comprises the £58,850 Premier Edition and the £61,850 Premier Edition Pro. Both trims will offer more standard spec than the regular X3 with the higher trim iX3 coming standard with a HUD, Harman Kardon sound system and Comfort Access.
For the regular BMW X3, expect pricing to kick off at slightly more than the current car’s £42,000 asking price.
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