Newest iDrive and other interior tech tweaks
Freshened styling pairs with updated six-cylinder powertrain
BMW‘s X3 and X4 crossovers are getting a refresh for 2022. New looks, new infotainment, and even more advanced driver assistance features along with mild-hybrid systems for the six-cylinder models.
The changes to the exterior start with new and slightly larger kidney grilles for both the upright BMW X3 and its curvier sibling the BMW X4. The grilles have a new visual separation and new finishes for both the frame and grille bars. The LED headlights have been slimmed by half an inch and can be had in Shadowline black.
BMW has also redone the bumpers in the front and rear, with the X3’s rear lights getting “a three-dimensional modelled pincer claw contour” and the X4’s rear lights getting a new shape that’s meant to emphasise the width of the vehicle and give it a signature that separates it from the X3.
For US buyers, the base model remains the sDrive30i with rear-drive and a 2.0L four making 248 hp. It will also be offered with AWD as the xDrive30i. Above it in the line are the X3 M40i and X4 M40i, both of which add a 48V mild-hybrid system that boosts power by 11 hp on demand and allows for regenerative braking along with start-stop that can shut off the engine at speeds below 9 mph (15 km/h) for fuel savings.
Before the boost, the M40i makes 382 hp and 369 lb-ft from the 3.0L twin-turbo inline-six. All of the models use an eight-speed automatic.
Interior changes and upgrades include a restyled dash for both the 2022 X3 and X4. BMW Live Cockpit Plus is standard and the system is upgraded to iDrive 7 that allows more customisation and personalisation than before. A 12.3-inch digital dash and matching infotainment display are joined by a 10.25-inch digital touch control display.
Along with the new infotainment comes the latest BMW Maps. A cloud-based nav system that can calculate routes more quickly and use real-time traffic in the directions. Arrival times should be more accurate based on the traffic volume expected along the route. It can also help you find a vacant parking space once you’ve arrived.
Driving Assistant Professional has been updated with improved performance in highway driving help. The optional Parking Assistance package now has traffic jam assist for limited access highways as well as backup assistant that can help you reverse in challenging situations.