The X3 and its “coupe” version X4 are among the pillars of the BMW range, and are among the best-selling premium SUVs on the European market. Under these conditions, the pencil should be kept light for the usual mid-career restyling … and change as little as possible. However, the evolution of the X3 and X4 cru 2021 is noticeable.
Some take the weight of the years rather well. Casually, the current BMW X3 has all the same already four years of career on the clock. Its look, certainly very classic, remains relevant to its direct competitors Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5 or Volvo XC60. No question of upsetting what pleases, the restyling remains relatively moderate even if the redesign is noticeable, at least for the front part: in the vein of the current BMW, the double bean grille becomes a little more massive and the two parts of the double bean are now united. There is still room to achieve the excesses of the X7 or Series 7, obviously. Note also that the front headlights are thinner and receive LED lighting as standard (or Laser optional). For the rest, the silhouette does not move an inch. The rear part is content with a revised design for the interior of the lights and the shield.
The interior, on the other hand, evolves more clearly : there is a dashboard layout largely inspired by the Series 3 / Series 4, particularly at the level of the central console vents, and the central screen becomes larger (12.3 inch, optional).
Hybrid for all … and M at the top!
Until now, only the 4-cylinder 2-liter petrol of the 20i and 30i (184 and 245 hp) escaped any form of electrification, all the other thermals being assisted by a micro-hybridization with 48V network. These two engines are now equipped. No change to be expected in terms of performance, the device aims above all to grab a few liters (and therefore a few grams of CO2) in the long term. Note that the X4, with a more “sporty” positioning, only starts in gasoline with the 30i of 245 hp.
The rest of the range remains unchanged: we therefore find the very successful xDrive 30 e PHEV (292 hp) allowing about 50 km in electric (note, the X4 is deprived of it), as well as the usual Diesel range (18d 150ch, 20d 190 ch, 30d 286 ch and M40d 340 ch) … which remains the most consistent offer for heavy riders, especially for this type of segment, despite the surrounding discourse.
The range is measured by the 360 hp M40i gasoline … without forgetting, obviously renewed even if anecdotal, the “real” Motorsport versions X3 and X4 M Competition, with their 6 in-line 510 hp shared with the new M3 / M4, and slightly revised for the occasion (650 Nm, or 50 Nm more). 0 to 100 km / h now requires 3.8 seconds (3 tenths of gain).
Prices: simplified range
The disappearance of the basic equipment level logically has the effect of increasing the call price: the X3 thus starts at 49,650 € in 20i 184 hp xDrive, in xLine finish. In Diesel, the 18d (150 hp) remains the only engine without all-wheel drive, in simple propulsion (from € 49,950). The X4 starts much higher: minimum € 57,800 for the Diesel 20d 190 hp.
At the other end of the catalog, the X3 M40i and M40d ask for 76,500 and 75,900 € respectively. The X4 asks for € 2,750 more than the X3 with these engines … and by crossing another (huge) chasm, the X3 and X4 M are displayed at € 109,350 and € 111,650. Without counting our national confiscatory penalty, of course.
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