The facelifted BMW iX3 has been revealed, with the German manufacturer handing its first emissions-free SAV (sports utility vehicle) myriad cosmetic updates and introducing the M Sport package as standard fitment in the UK market.

BMW iX3
Nip-and-tucked headlamps now 10 mm slimmer.

The most distinguishable exterior updates include a larger kidney grille, complete with a single-piece frame finished in Pearl-effect chrome and featuring a blue accent. Flanking the revised kidneys, the LED headlamps are now 10 mm slimmer than before, giving the iX3 a “sharper” look to fit in with the designs of the iX and i4 Gran Coupé. ‘Round back, the most notable update comes in the shape of new taillamps, which feature a fresh daytime-running light signature.

BMW iX3
Blue accents signifies this is an BMW i model.

The iX3 deploys the Munich manufacturer’s fifth-generation eDrive technology, which includes an innovative charging unit sending power to both the 400 V battery and 12 V on-board power supply. This setup, BMW says, allows for both single-phase and three-phase charging at “up to” 11 kW.

Linked to an 80 kWh (of which 74 kWh is utilised) battery pack, the iX3’s electric motor produces a total power output of 210 kW. According to BMW

BMW iX3
Blue accents are carried over to the cabin.

Plugging the iX3 into a direct current rapid charging station allows for charging outputs of “up to” 150 kW, allowing for a zero to 80 percent charge in only 34 minutes. According to BMW, the iX3 can travel up to 520 km on a single charge on the NEDC test cycle. On the WLTP test cycle, a claimed 459 km of range is on offer.