BMW iX3 EV updated: 2021 refresh includes tech upgrades

Published: 11 August 2021

► iX3 electric SUV refreshed already
► Tech tweaks and styling refresh
► On sale in the UK from December

Could this be the quickest facelift ever? Not long after BMW’s iX3 SUV goes on sale, the brand has decided to revise its styling and upgrade the tech underneath.

BMW says the new version of the iX3 will go on sale in the UK in December 2021.

So, what’s changed?

Doesn’t look like much. The powertrain comprises a 282bhp, 295lb ft e-motor driving the rear wheels and an 80kWh battery pack. The acceleration time is the same – 6.8sec to 62mph, but the claimed range has increased to 286 miles (it was 279 miles before).

ix3 rear tracking

BMW’s also busy rolling out a new charging app that unifies many networks into one account you can access.

I’m asking again – what’s changed?

The front end has been lightly tweaked to match the facelifted X3 and X4, with BMW saying details from the iX and i4 are carried across now, too; shallower headlights, angled details in the front bumper and a new rear apron all feature.

ix3 interior

More noticeably, the iX3’s interior design has been upgraded to match most modern BMWs – the shape of the cockpit is now the same as the updated X3, 3-series and 4-series. There are two trim levels: M Sport and M Sport Pro. All iX3s have electric, heated seats, wireless charging, driver assistant tech and park assist. M Sport Pro adds a head-up display, auto high beam, keyless entry and BMW’s ‘IconicSounds’ tech (developed with Hans Zimmer to produce a soothing noise as the car drives).

When and how much?

BMW says the new iX3 SUV will go on sale in December 2021, with prices starting at £59,730 for an M Sport model.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches