The German firm BMW has just presented the new BMW X3 and X4 2021, two models that receive a mid-life overhaul with minor aesthetic touches, more complete equipment and a range structure optimized for the customer.
BMW renews the X3 and X4 with an aesthetic and equipment redesign as a half-life facelift. The new BMW X3 and X4 will debut at the Chengdu Auto Show in China (August 27), while the European presentation will take place at the Munich Motor Show (September 7-12). The market launch will take place once production starts at the Spartanburg plant (USA), in August 2021 and in Rosslyn (South Africa), in September 2021.
The new gamut structure ensures greater clarity and simplification. The M Sport package and M versions are available as an alternative to the xLine trim, now standard with exclusive X elements.
The new front and rear of the X3 are now visually more robust. For its part, the BMW X4 adopts the front end of the X3 and adds its own character with the exclusive grille finished in a mesh design and a particularly dynamic rear.
The grill is a little bigger, the bumpers of new invoice, the lower protector and even the headlights, which can now be laser as an option. The grill is larger than before and is now made up of a one-piece frame.
In addition, a black bar is added – in which the camera is located if installed – ensures visual separation of the grill. The headlights are narrower and feature full LED technology as standard. In addition to the optional adaptive LED headlights with Matrix function (standard on the BMW X4), laser headlights (BMW Laser light) are now also available as an option, which have a range of up to 650 meters.
The front bumper has a new design, with vertical air intakes, flatter surfaces painted in the body color and a new underbody protection.
At the rear we can find new LED lamps finished with a black outline, with a narrower light signature and integrated horizontal indicators. A new underbody protection and trims are also installed on the larger and flush exhaust pipes.
The most significant changes to the rear are found in the 3D-type pilots, in a new skid plate and in the better-integrated tailpipes. The customer will have a total of eleven body paints to choose from for the X3 and X4, including the new Skyscraper Gray metallic, the Brooklyn Gray metallic available with the M Sport package, and the BMW Individual Aventurine Red and Tanzanite Blue paints.
The new Piedmont Red metallic paint is available exclusively for the BMW X4 and, for the first time, you can also choose from numerous BMW Individual paints for both models, including matte paints such as Frozen Deep Gray.
Another novelty in this facelift is the reduction of complexity in equipment lines and optional extras to allow customers to make a clearer and simpler configuration.
Thanks to this, now the infotainment screen with touch function, now has a size of 10.25 inches as standard, although there will also be a 12.3-inch version available as an option.
New equipment options allow the installation of a digital instrument cluster. The center console is that of the Series 4 and now the multimedia screen is 10.25 inches as standard. Both models inherit the new central console of the current BMW 4 Series where the BMW controller, the gear lever, the engine start button, the buttons for the start / stop system are integrated.
Electric parking brake, hill descent control and driving modes
The standard equipment now also includes sports seats with perforated Sensate upholstery, as well as automatic climate control with 3-zone control.
Regarding the mechanics available, the three gasoline engines now also have 48-volt micro-hybrid technology (like diesel) that offers an electric power of 8 kW (11 HP) with which performance is improved and you get a slight reduction in consumption. In addition, the BMW X3 xDrive30e features plug-in hybrid drive.
Now the gasoline versions also incorporate 48V micro-hybridization. The BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system and the 8-speed Steptronic transmission are standard. The BMW X3 M40i and M40d models, as well as all the versions of the BMW X4, feature the 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission as standard (optional on the other versions), with the paddles on the steering wheel and the Launch Control system.
For the first time, the Driving Assistant Professional is available as an option for the BMW X3 and X4, while the optional Parking Assistant now includes the Reversing Assistant.
With the BMW Live Cockpit Professional (optional) a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a central information display of the same size are installed, as well as the Head-Up Display which is offered as an option.
Production begins this summer, so the first units would be available from September. Smartphone connectivity improves through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Amazon Alexa integration.
For its part, the intelligent personal assistant (BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant) has additional functions: it can now be used to regulate the air conditioning, open and close the windows and change driving modes, for example.
Finally, with BMW’s 7.0 operating system and remote software updates, the BMW X3 and BMW X4 are kept up-to-date with the latest software at all times.
The mechanical range will be as follows (prices have not been communicated):
- BMW X3 xDrive20i 184 HP
- BMW X3 xDrive30i 245 HP
- BMW X3 M40i 360 HP
- BMW X3 xDrive30e 292 HP
- BMW X3 xDrive20d 190 HP
- BMW X3 xDrive30d 286 HP
- BMW X3 M40d 340 HP
- BMW X4 xDrive20i 184 HP
- BMW X4 xDrive30i 245 HP
- BMW X4 M40i 360 HP
- BMW X4 xDrive20d 190 HP
- BMW X4 xDrive30d 286 HP
- BMW X4 M40d 340 HP