BMW iX3 facelift debuts with new lights and wheels


The production version of the all-electric BMW iX3 made its global debut just over a year ago and is yet to be introduced in several markets across the globe, but has already received its first facelift. Production will begin in China in September 2021 for both local and export markets as before. Prices in Germany start at €67,300 (including 19% VAT).

The new iX3 wears an M Sport package as standard. The styling revisions are in line with the ICE-powered X3 facelift that debuted in June this year. The all-electric version gets a similarly outlined Kidney grille, slimmer LED headlights, and three-dimensional LED taillights. Unless you notice those subtle blue accents and a closed-off front grille, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between ICE and EV versions from a distance. There are new, aerodynamically optimized wheel designs as well; 20-inch ones are optionally available as an alternative to the standard 19-inch ones.

The cabin updates too match that of the ICE-powered X3 facelift. Key highlights include an updated 12.3-inch central touchscreen, a 12.3-inch driver display, standard sport seats, and latest ADAS such as “safe vehicle stop when driver fainting” assist, “make corridor for emergency vehicles” assist, automated takeover of speed limits, traffic light detection, and obstacle avoidance (cars and pedestrians).

As for the juicy bits, the rear-axle mounted Gen5 eDrive unit develops the same 210 kW (285 metric hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque as before. The floor-mounted 80 kWh battery pack remains unchanged as well, offering a claimed WLTP range of up to 460 km (286 mi).

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