Local Motoring NewsNews

BMW X3 and X4 refreshed for 2021

The duo boasts a new look, improved equipment and a range structure that has been optimised for customers.

BMW has taken the veil off its refreshed X3 and X4 SAVs that are earmarked to arrive in South Africa in the fourth quarter of 2021. 

The duo boasts a new look, improved equipment and a range structure that has been optimised for customers.

The redesigned front end and revised rear section lend even clearer emphasis to the robust off-road look and sporty appearance of the third-generation BMW X3. Its coupé counterpart, the second-generation BMW X4, adopts the new front end, adds its own accentuation with the exclusive BMW mesh kidney grille and offers a particularly dynamic rear end.

The refresh is rounded off with a modern interior with new equipment features and updated infotainment. BMW M GmbH is also upgrading the M models of the BMW X3 and BMW X4 at the same time.

The introduction of mild hybrid technology with 48-volt‑starter generator now also with all petrol engines ensures a broad drive portfolio at the cutting edge of technology.

The M sports package and the familiar M variants are available as an alternative to the standard equipment enriched with high-quality X elements.

The BMW kidney grille and headlights have been redesigned along with the front apron and rear bumper, while new graphics have been applied to the rear lights.

High-quality X elements such as underbody protection and specific side skirts in the style of the previous X Line are already standard. The sporty genes of the Sports Activity Vehicle are underlined by the M sports package and the BMW X3 M40i.

With the redesigned BMW kidney grille, headlights that are around ten millimetres flatter and the new front apron, the BMW X3 looks almost like a new vehicle.

More strikingly shaped, especially in the upper area, the BMW kidney grille is larger than before and now comprises a single-piece frame.

A black bar in which the iCam is positioned if fitted ensures visual separation of the grille.

The front headlights feature adaptive LED headlights with Matrix function, where the adverse weather light takes on the function of the previously separate fog lights.

The BMW Laser Light with a range of up to 650 metres is now also available as an optional extra.

The M sports package gives the BMW X3 a sportier orientation. The specific front apron features significantly larger air inlets and inserts finished in high-gloss black, as well as more pronounced air curtains. The window graphics, roof rails and BMW kidney frame and bars are optionally available in high-gloss black.

The sportier rear bumper includes a more striking diffuser finished in Dark Shadow along with two additional side air‑curtain‑panels in high-gloss black. The standard trim includes the new 19-inch Y‑Spoke 887M alloy wheel in Midnight Grey Bicolor with 245/50 R19 tyres. Additional wheels in 20 inch and 21 inches are available as an option, as well as the M sports brake with blue or red brake calipers.

Further visual differentiation is offered by the BMW X3 M40i, which shows its affiliation to the BMW M GmbH portfolio with a specific BMW M kidney. In addition to a chrome frame, it bears the typical M double grille bars in high-gloss black and with an M logo. While the same aprons as in the M sports package are to be found at the front and rear, the aerodynamically optimised M exterior mirrors in high-gloss black, the free-form tailpipe trims in black chrome and the striking “Two Teeth” design ensure a distinctive look.

The two petrol engines are now also being fitted with this technology including a 48‑-volt‑starter generator. The energy obtained by means of recuperation and stored in the 48-volt battery can also be used for an electric boost of 8 kW in addition to supplying the 12‑volt onboard network.

Five engine options will be available in South Africa for the new BMW X3, and two for the new BMW X4, covering a power range from 110 kW to 285 kW.

These include three diesel engines: with 110 kW in the BMW X3 sDrive18d, the 140-kW BMW X3 xDrive20d (also available in the X4 model range), and 195 kW in the BMW X3 xDrive30d.

The petrol engine models are the BMW X3 sDrive20i with 135 kW, and the BMW X3 M40i and BMW X4 M40i with 285 kW.

The entire range features an 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.

Source: BMW 

Related Articles

Back to top button