Despite having only been on sale for one year, BMW has revamped its iX3 electric SUV – including a bolder new look.
Although the iX3 was only launched in 2020, BMW has already decided to give it a refresh.
The trademark BMW kidney grille is now larger, with slimmer headlights and a new rear diffuser also added. Redesigned LED lights at the rear feature a dramatic three-dimensional shape.
BMW hopes this will make the iX3 resemble its sister iX and new i4 electric models more closely.
Underneath the new bodywork, the iX3 keeps the same single-motor setup as before. With 286hp, it can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds. This puts the iX3 on par with the petrol X3 xDrive30i.
The iX3 retains a 80 kWh battery, and is capable of covering 279 miles on a full charge, based on official WLTP testing.
Rapid charging compatibility is included with the iX3. Connecting to a 150kW charger allows the battery to be replenished to 80 percent in only 34 minutes.
Updates for BMW’s cloud-based navigation system include detailed information on public EV charging networks. This allows journeys to be planned with scheduled stops at compatible fast-charging sites along the way.
BMW has recently launched its own BMW Charging service. This gives drivers access to 11,000 charging points in the UK, plus a further 173,000 across Europe.
A single RFID card allows the use of charging devices from networks such as BP Pulse, Ionity and Source London.
An optional Flexible Fast Charger cable allows the iX3 to charge from both domestic or industrial chargers, using certain adapters.
The iX3 range now begins with the M Sport model, priced at £59,730.
This comes with wireless phone charging, seats upholstered in Vernasca leather, ambient interior lighting, and BMW’s Live Cockpit Pro system.
Moving up to the M Sport Pro takes the price of the iX3 to £62,730. This adds a head-up display, Harman Kardon sound system and an advanced parking assistant.
Premier Edition Pro buyers also gain BMW’s IconicSounds Electric. Developed with Hans Zimmer, this offers a special array of sounds to offer acoustic feedback while driving.
Orders can be placed for the updated iX3 now, with deliveries expected in December 2021.