2021 BMW X3: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - March 26, 2020

Model Preview

In 2018, the third-generation BMW X3 hit the market, and it’s remained virtually unchanged since. With this look still plenty fresh, we expect the 2021 X3 to arrive as a carryover model too.

The 2018 X3 redesign was a typical BMW reworking: do just enough to make it look new. It boasted the same basic proportions as the previous model, the same general shape, and all the basic BMW styling cues. What the redesign did was massage all these key points to make the X3 look a little sleeker and more modern. We expect this design to remain the same when the 2021 X3 hits showrooms


The X3’s interior went through a more significant overhaul during the 2018 redesign. It ushered in a shapelier dash with a new dash-top infotainment screen, a cleaner and more modern center stack, a revised electronic gear shifter, a sportier steering wheel, updated gauges, and more. This has remained the same since the redesign, and we expect nothing to change in the 2021 X3.

Under the 2021 BMW X3’s hood, we expect no changes. If this is the case, the base X3 engine will remain a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that produces 248 horsepower. Buyers craving more performance can opt for the M40i model and its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produces 382 hp. Those seeking the pinnacle of performance can opt for the range-topping X3 M or X3 M Competition, which use turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines to crank out 473 hp and 503 hp, respectively.

Thanks to “Good” crash-test scores, “Good” optional headlights, and a “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking system, the 2020 X3 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. With no changes in the works, we expect the safety features and ratings to remain the same in the 2021 BMW X3. It may drop from a Top Safety Pick+ to a Top Safety Pick, as the TSP+ rating now requires “Good” or “Acceptable” standard headlights, and the X3’s standard headlights received “Marginal” ratings.

Pricing & Release Date

BMW hasn’t announced when the 2021 X3 will hit showrooms, but based on previous release schedules, we expect a summer 2020 on-sale date.

Pricing is also unconfirmed on the 2021 X3, but with no changes in the works, we expect it to remain about the same as the current model, which carries an MSRP of $42,945 to $77,895 (destination fees included).

This compact luxury crossover will compete with the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

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