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BMW iX3 Gains Sporty New Styling

The all-electric BMW iX3 has been given a sporty new makeover - bringing style flourishes borrowed from the upmarket BMW iX and BMW i4.

The iX3 is a compact family SUV, and a rival to the likes of the Audi e-tron, the Mercedes-Benz EQC and the Jaguar I-Pace.

And with its fresh suit for 2021, the iX3 now looks better than ever.

The main change is that all models now get the ‘M Sport Package’ as standard in the UK, providing a further boost to an already-high specification.

There’s a more ‘visually striking appearance’, says BMW, thanks to a larger front kidney grille that features pearl-effect chrome with a blue accent.

The headlight contours are now ten millimetres slimmer, helping to give the new BMW iX3 a ‘sharper look’ and lending the front end a similar shape to the BMW iX and BMW i4.

The lower air intake, which comes with ten-stage active air flap control to cool the drive system components and brakes, has gained in size. The air curtains positioned at the outer edges of the front end are now L-shaped and have blue accents.

Air breathers in the front side panels also have a new M-specific design while the rear apron has a more ‘muscular’ stance.

The BMW iX3 also offers spirited performance to match its refreshed exterior.

An 80 kWh battery delivers power of 286 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm, which equates to a 0-62 mph acceleration time of just 6.8 seconds. You can also expect a range of up to 286 miles between charges.

Speaking of charging, the BMW iX3 uses something called ‘eDrive technology’, which features an innovative charging unit that sends power to both the 400V battery and the 12V on-board power supply.

This enables both single-phase and three-phase charging at up to 11 kW. And when using a fast charging system, it means the battery can be replenished from 0-80 per cent of its charge in just 34 minutes. Drivers can also inject the power required to add 62 miles to the car’s driving range in around 10 minutes.

Trim level wise, you’ve got a choice between ‘M Sport’ or ‘M Sport Pro’.

Base models come loaded with 19 inch black aerodynamic wheels, an automatic tailgate, adaptive suspension, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, wireless phone charging, a panoramic sunroof and a suite of sophisticated driver assistance systems.

Meanwhile M Sport Pro models add a head-up display, Harman Kardon surround sound, gesture control, Parking Assistant Plus, darkened headlights, automatic high beam assistant, comfort access and lumbar support.

All models also get BMW’s fully-connected ‘Operating System 7’, which allows for every line of software code in the car to be updated over the air in the future.

Both iX3 models are available to order now with the first UK customer deliveries starting in December 2021.

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Tuesday, 10/05/2022