The 2021 BMW X3 is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh. Those are the latest reports about the popular compact luxury crossover, which is one of the most important models for the Bavarian carmaker in North America. We are still waiting for the official confirmation, but it looks like there is a nice number of changes to come.
First of all, we are about to see an all-new, electric version, called the iX3. Also, we are about to see updates typical for facelifts, such as new styling details, new features, etc. The new version should hit the market in the second half of the next year.
- Great driving dynamics
- Nimble handling
- Spacious cabin
- Rivals have better interiors
- High base price
In terms of the exterior design, we expect a couple of tweaks to the front end. The Bavarian carmaker usually isn’t very generous with mid-cycle changes, so the best we could see is a couple of smaller modifications to the front end.
A slightly reshaped grille and a new bumper is practically everything we expect to see. On the other side, the new iX3 will come with distinctive styling, with a completely different face, though the shape is about to remain pretty much the same.
On the inside, we don’t expect to see any other changes than new features. The overall cabin layout will remain the same. It looks good, though we can’t say it delivers the same level of opulence we can see in the rival Audi Q5 model, nor in a much more affordable Acura RDX. Still, the list of standard equipment is quite decent, though we definitely count on a couple of novelties in terms of tech and safety features.
When it comes to the powertrain, the new all-electric version is definitely the biggest novelties. Instead of building an electric vehicle on purpose, like it was the case with the i3 and i8 models, this one will be based on the standard X3 model. Details about the power and range are yet to be announced.
The rest of the lineup is about to remain the same. Base models will carry on with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 250 horsepower. A well-known 3.0-liter turbo inline-six is also available, with a max output of 355 horsepower. Finally, there is a new hybrid version that is about to debut soon. It features a combined output of around 293 horsepower.
2021 BMW X3 Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 BMW X3 sometime in the third quarter of the next year. The current model starts at around $41,000 and we don’t expect to see bigger changes in the future, at least when it comes to base versions.