It's difficult not to talk about the grille on current BMWs. Besides, they're so large these days that it's nearly impossible to miss them. So far, the reactions to the new look have been mixed. Some say it's oversized to a point of being excessive, while others say it looks better in person. Case in point, the facelifted 7 Series, the X7, and 4 Series. That brings us neatly to the recently updated X3.
The X3 gets a minor model change this year, and BMW gave it a bigger pair of nostrils. But for those who have something to say about the brand's ever-expanding grilles, there is a bit of good news here. While the “kidneys” on the new X3 are larger than before, it's not as massive as, say, the X7. With that, it could be said that BMW got the size just right.
But that is not the only thing BMW changed for the facelifted X3. They also changed the bumper that now features sharper corners and a more aggressive design. BMW also changed the headlights with laser light technology available as an option. Also new for 2021 are the black surrounds on the LED taillights, a redesigned rear bumper, new wheel options, and additional color choices.
The design of the interior looks similar to the pre-facelift model. However, the highlight here is the additional standard equipment to boost its value proposition. From now on, all X3s get a 10.25-inch infotainment display standard. Sports seats are also standard, along with Sensatec leather trims. Last but not least, tri-zone climate control is fitted straight from the factory.
BMW also made some changes to the center console. New this year are the gear selector lever, buttons for the start/stop system, the electric parking brake, hill descent control, various driving experience functions, as well as the BMW iDrive Controller.
There are seven available powertrain options for the new X3. It includes three turbo-gas engines, three turbodiesels, and one plug-in hybrid. The gas-powered range consists of the xDrive20i (2.0-liter turbo, 184 PS), xDrive30i (2.0-liter turbo, 245 PS), and M40i (3.0-liter turbo, 360 PS). As for the turbodiesels, there's the xDrive20d (2.0-liter, 190 PS), xDrive30i (3.0-liter, 286 PS), and M40d (3.0-liter, 340 PS).
As for the plug-in hybrid, that model is called the xDrive30e. It uses a 2.0-liter turbo gas engine and a powerful electric motor to give it a combined output of 292 PS. Not only that, they claim it can run up to 50 kilometers on battery power alone and 50 kilometers per liter is possible in real-world conditions.