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A Closer Look at the 2022 BMW X3

2022 BMW X3

BMW is continuing its lineup of X3 models for the 2022 season. It's in the middle of the model's cycle life and the German automaker decided it's time for a refresh. What are we likely to see with the latest iteration? Rumor has it that a side-by-side comparison of the 2022 edition with the previous model year tells the difference from the exterior perspective. But what about the inside? We guarantee that BMW has sweetened the pot for the new model year. Let's delve deeper into the mystery to find out what they have in store for us.

Overview of the 2022 BMW X3

The X3 is a popular Sports Activity Vehicle in the luxury crossover category. The model entered a mid-cycle calling for a refresh to keep things interesting for the loyals. BMW added updates in its technology, its range, and its looks. We'll see noticeable changes to the vehicle inside and out. Traction Life confirms these assumptions and reveals new features of the 2022 model.

What's new with the 2022 BMW X3?

BMW made a few changes that will catch your eye immediately. The new iteration increased the grille size in the traditional kidney shape, new front bumpers, limmer headlights, and vertical air intakes in triangle shapes. It also received a restyling of its taillights and rear bumpers. The small details combine to give the car a new persona. On the interior, the center console received an update. It has a new infotainment display of 10.25 inches and a revision to the instrument panel. These are standard, but you can opt to upgrade to a larger instrument cluster of 12.3 inches if you go with the Live Cockpit Professional upgrade, but it'll cost more. The X3M receives an upgrade of power M sport seats with a brighter aesthetic for the M badges. They get a luxury upgrade to Alcantara knee pads on the center console, Merino leather upholstery, and the M multifunction style steering wheel. These are just a few of the highlights of the available M Sport Package, available on other models to save the cost of buying the full-blown version of the M model. The trim form is a lot cheaper and it comes with a few of the bells and whistles. Car and Driver adds that BMW is also throwing in a new wheel design with new exhaust tips to complete the update on the exterior. You'll also notice that the secondary controls are moved to new ergonomic positions.

Power and performance

The 2022 BMW X3 comes in a variety of engine options with horsepower meted out by the model. The xDirve 20i is rated at 184 horsepower at the bottom of the food chain. The xDrive 20d is 190, followed by the xDrive 30i at 245 hp, the xDrive 30e at 286 hp, the xDrive 30e at 292 hp, followed by the M40d at 340 horses, and the M401 the highest at 360 horsepower. The basic model comes with the same engine as its predecessor with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine cranking 248 horsepower with 258 lb. ft. of torque. In terms of performance, it moves from zero to sixty mph in 6 seconds flat, with a top speed of 130 mph. Compared to the upper echelon M401, which features a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 48-volt hybrid tech, it generates 382 horsepower with 369 lb. ft. of torque. It movess from zero to sixty mph in 4.4 seconds. The X3M is as high as 473 horsepower. Depending on the model, the X3 is available in rear-wheel-drive for the base edition and All-Wheel-Drive for the higher trim levels. It offers a quality luxury ride with plenty of pep, even if it isn't the zippiest sports vehicle on the road. The adaptive suspension makes for a comfortable ride across the most common driving environments on the road. BMW also added a host of driving modes including Comfort, Sport, and Eco Pro to suit your preferences and needs on the road.

Top reviews of the new 2022 BMW X3

Plan to find a mixture of plusses and minuses over the previous model year of the X3, but we think more pros than cons. On the plus side, it's a solid and powerful vehicle that offers better fuel efficiency, with agile handling. It's fun to drive. On the downside, test drivers were unimpressed with the clunkiness of the base engine. The cabin design could use some luxury upgrades and the mirrors are too small to be at their top function. It's a sports sedan that offers ample practicality with loads of nifty tech and driver assistance features. Reviewers expect the new iteration to appear on the awards and accolades lists for 2022.

Pricing for the 2022 BMW X3

We were pleasantly surprised by the advertised MSRP for the new X3. The sDrive starts at $44,695. The xDrive 301i is $46,695. The M401 goes up substantially to $58,795. You can contact your local BMW dealer for the details on ordering your customized new version of the BMW X3 for 2022. They offer loads of options and additional features to build the most suitable version of the new model year for your enjoyment and fulfillment.

Final thoughts

The wait is over and the new 2022 BMW X3 is finally here. Local dealers are waiting to serve you. BMW threw in a few surprises for its mid-cycle refresh that resulted in a few aesthetic changes to the exterior with a few new creature comforts, more options, and enough repositioning to create a brand new personality to add to the X3 family. It's an updated version of the line that has a lot to offer luxury SAV enthusiasts. It's made for those who enjoy an active life and for those who enjoy the drive to get there. It's smart-looking and has just enough pep with agile handling to guarantee a fun and enjoyable driving experience.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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