When the BMW X3 arrived as a fully redesigned model in 2018, it gave the automaker a better competitor for the compact class. Entering its fifth model year since being completely updated, we expect the 2022 BMW X3 to be a carryover model, though a refresh is possible.
The BMW X3 went on sale in 2018 with a chunky and sporty design. The current compact SUV wears a larger version of BMW’s kidney grilles, rounded headlights, and a chiseled hood at the front. At the back, the X3 features a round design with dual exhaust outlets, a chunky rear bumper, and a modest rear spoiler. Overall, the X3 straddles the line of being sporty and upscale. We expect the 2022 BMW X3 to share a lot of the same exterior design elements, though the headlights, grille, and taillights could be updated with a refresh.
On the inside, the current X3 shows off its luxurious side with an upscale cabin. The angular design of the dashboard is slightly angled toward the driver, while square air vents split the infotainment screen from the HVAC and infotainment buttons. A chunky steering wheel, crisp dials in the instrument cluster, and large paddle shifters are sportier elements on the inside. Things for the 2022 X3 should mostly remain the same on the inside.
On top of a 10.2-inch touchscreen, the current X3 comes with navigation, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, Wi-Fi hot spot, and 12 audio speakers. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Android Auto, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and wireless smartphone charging are available. While we expect the interior design to remain the same for the 2022 model year, a mild refresh could bring a bigger infotainment screen and a standard digital instrument cluster.
BMW offers five powertrains with the X3. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 248 horsepower. The next step up in terms of performance is the plug-in hybrid xDrive30e. That model comes with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, but adds an electric motor for a combined output of 288 hp. A 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six is the next engine in the lineup. The range-topping X3 M has a more powerful version of the 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that’s rated at 473 hp or 503 hp in the X3 M Competition. These engines should continue to be offered for the 2022 BMW X3.
Standard safety features on the current X3 include parking sensors, blind spot warning, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection. In the IIHS’ testing, the X3 earned a rating of “Good” in all six of its crash tests, while the NHTSA gave the SUV a five-star overall safety rating. These safety features and ratings should carry over for the 2022 X3.