2022 new BMW iX3 has refreshed exterior design and introduces M Sport Package as standard | MiniAuto

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BMW has rolled out an electric version of the X3 for the 2021 model year, though the iX3-branded, zero-emissions compact crossover isn't offered in the US.

On Wednesday, BMW announced an updated version of the iX3 with the same tweaks introduced on the X3 line for the 2022 model year, and there are currently no plans to bring it to the US. Instead, BMW will offer the larger iX crossover and i4 hatchback in its electric portfolio here.

The updated IX3 adopts a revised look and feel, with the key change being new lights at both ends. BMW has also made the M Sport styling package a standard item, adding 19-inch wheels (20-inch wheels are available) and unique side skirts at both ends. The package also adds interior items, such as a sports steering wheel.

The interior has been finalized with this update, with the design of the center stack now matching the design found in the latest 4-Series. A larger 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is standard, and an equally large screen serves as the infotainment center.

BMW Charging

With the launch of BMW Charging in the UK, BMW iX3 customers have access to one of the world's largest public charging networks using just one RFID card or App. Using a single BMW Charging card or BMW Charging App, customers can charge at more than 11,000 charging points from different operators across the UK, as well as 173,000 charge points across Europe.

BMW iX3 drivers benefit from access to charge points from a range of operators, with the current network including bp pulse (including ChargeYourCar), ESB, Osprey, Source London and Chargepoint Network UK (including INSTAVOLT) and others. High-power charging stations via IONITY are also part of the BMW Charging network. Combined, this gives drivers access to over 8,500 AC and 1,500 DC charging points across the UK, plus a further 162,000 AC and 11,000 DC charging points across Europe.

For drivers who use public charging more frequently, BMW Charging offers two additional monthly subscription packages. The 'bp pulse' package (£7.85 per month) offers customers preferential pricing per/kWh when charging at over 5,500 bp pulse charging points. Customers using up to 22kW AC pay just £0.16 per kWh, up to 43kW AC or 50kW DC is £0.23 per kWh, and up to 150kW DC at £0.27 per kWh.

For drivers who use the IONITY charging network, the 'IONITY Plus' package (£11.30 per month) provides access to a preferential rate of just £0.26 per kWh, saving drivers £0.43 per kWh compared to the pay-as-you-go rate when using up to 350kW DC charging.

Customers who purchase a new BMW iX3 vehicle via a BMW Centre are eligible for both the 'bp pulse' and 'IONITY Plus' packages for 12 months, without subscription fee.

Trailblazing: Digital services and outstanding environmental credentials

BMW assumed a leading role in driving forward electric mobility when it unveiled innovative solutions for charging at home or on the move alongside the introduction of BMW i3 in 2013. This trend continues with the BMW iX3, which includes a newly developed Flexible Fast Charger cable which can be hooked up to both standard domestic and industrial sockets using optional adapters.

Recharging at home is further enhanced with a personal Wallbox. Available through our partner, Smart solutions are also available to monitor energy usage and cost, as well as keeping a historic record of home-charging energy expenditure, making it very convenient for company car users.

BMW Maps

The cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system enables route and arrival times to be calculated with even greater speed and precision. Services already familiar from the BMW i3, such as navigation with range display on the map and detailed information on public charging stations - covering everything from address, availability and connector type through to charging rate and Chargepoint Operator - are now joined by additional functionality that can be accessed from the car. This capability includes navigation planning with recommendations for charging stops, information on points of interest near public charging stations and the ability to filter search results by fast-charging points.

The exceptionally efficient drive system, extensive use of secondary raw materials in the manufacture of aluminium castings and thermoplastics, absence of rare earths and across-the-board use of green electricity in production, including the cells for the high-voltage battery, are all contributory factors in the impressive CO2 assessment for the new BMW iX3.

During the customer-use phase, the iX3 outperforms the diesel-powered BMW X3 xDrive 20d by more than 30 per cent when drawing on average European electricity sources or roughly 60 per cent when powered by green electricity.

BMW Operating System 7 and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant

The BMW iX3 is equipped with the latest generation BMW Operating System 7, which allows for every line of software code in the car to be updated over the air in the future. The standard-fit BMW Live Cockpit Professional offers a fully-digital screen grouping comprising a high-resolution 12.3 inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a 12.3-inch Central Control Display.

The enhanced intuitive multimodal interaction allows the driver to take their pick of control interface for the situation at hand: Control Display touchscreen, iDrive Controller, multifunction buttons on the steering wheel, voice control or BMW gesture control.

The latest version of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant takes the connection between driver and car to a new level in the new BMW iX3. Activated by a spoken prompt (for example "Hey BMW") or at the touch of a button, this digital companion acquires new capabilities all the time. The system helps the driver, learns their preferences and is familiar with their favoured settings - e.g. for the seat heating or the places they drive to frequently using the navigation system ("Take me home").

Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

BMW Live Cockpit Professional comes with optimised smartphone integration; in addition to Apple CarPlay, the new iX3 is also compatible with Android Auto.

The latter enables customers to access digital services such as Google Assistant, Google Maps, music streaming services like Spotify and Amazon Music, and the WhatsApp messaging service.

The BMW iX3 M Sport is available to order now from retailers nationwide, with pricing from £59,730 OTR. The BMW iX3 M Sport Pro is offered from £62,730 OTR. The first UK customer deliveries will commence from December 2021.

Since the iX3 was only introduced in 2021, no changes were made to the powertrain. The setup relies on an 80 kilowatt-hour battery and a single electric motor on the rear axle. The motor is integrated with a single speed transmission and power controller in a single, scalable unit. Peak power is 281 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, or enough to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.8 seconds.

Production of the iX3 is handled exclusively at BMW's factory in cooperation with Brilliance Auto in Shenyang, China.

The updated version will make its world premiere on September 7 at the 2021 Munich auto show. For full program information, visit our dedicated center.

2022 new BMW iX3 has refreshed exterior design and introduces M Sport Package as standard | MiniAuto 2022 new BMW iX3 has refreshed exterior design and introduces M Sport Package as standard | MiniAuto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on August 11, 2021 Rating: 5

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