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BMW: Early refresh and M Sport trim for iX3 EV Hero Front

BMW: Early refresh and M Sport trim for iX3 EV

After less than a year on sale, BMW has revealed its 2022 iX3 EV with a mild styling refresh and upgraded technology. The revisions keep the all-electric SUV in line with the latest ICE-powered BMW X3.

Production of the new iX3 starts in September, with prices starting from £59,730. The iX3 sits in BMW’s pure-electric line-up alongside the new i4 saloon, the iX SUV and the i3 hatchback. 

The updated iX3 features several small styling tweaks over the old car, including a new front bumper design, larger kidney grilles with restyled inserts, a lower front splitter and new blue trim pieces on the air intakes. Redesigned adaptive LED headlights also feature.

Inside, the changes include a new larger 12.3-inch infotainment screen (previously 10.25-inches), which sits alongside a digital dial cluster of the same size. Sports seats are now standard on all models and the starter button is now housed on the centre console. Elsewhere, the hexagonal air vents, gear lever and dashboard switchgear have all been redesigned. 

Previously, the iX3 was only available in Premier Edition trim but the refreshed model is available in two new versions: M Sport and M Sport Pro. The M Sport spec starts from £59,730 and is fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension and a panoramic sunroof.

Standard equipment includes a heated steering wheel, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, an electrically operated tailgate and three-zone automatic climate control with pre-conditioning functionality, which allows the driver to remotely set the interior temperature via a smartphone app before starting a journey.

The M Sport Pro, at £62,730 has larger 20-inch alloys with a two-tone paint finish and tinted headlights. Interior upgrades include acoustic glass, keyless go, a head-up display, gesture control and a premium Harman Kardon stereo system. BMW’s parking assistant plus system is also fitted as standard. 

Under the bonnet, the iX3’s combination of a rear-mounted 282bhp electric motor and 80kW/h battery remains unchanged from the old car. Claimed performance is quick, with 0-62mph taking 6.8 seconds.

Range is claimed to be 286 miles between charges, with a full top-up of the battery taking around 7.5 hours when connected to an 11kW home wallbox. The iX3 also supports rapid-charging at up to 150kW, with a compatible charger capable of adding an extra 62 miles of range in 10 minutes. A charge from 10-80% takes around 32 minutes.

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By Wayne Gorrett

Wayne has been covering developments in the UK's automotive sector for over 10 years, providing news, reviews, first-drive impressions and opinion pieces for a number of print and web outlets in the UK and South Africa. A former marketing director, Wayne is based in a rural village near Winchester, Hampshire. You can follow him on Twitter: @WaynesWorldAuto Facebook: WaynesWorldAuto Instagram: WaynesWorldAuto