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SUVs go through the restyling box

After 4 years of career, it’s time for restyling for two BMW SUVs, the X3 and X4.

Launched in 2017, the SUV BMW X3 is already going through the obligatory mid-term stage, restyling. And the same goes for the X4, Coupe SUV based directly on the X3. On the menu: a look more in line with the current BMW range, a modernized interior, and one new light hybridization system.

For once, the restyled versions of these X3 and X4 are generally easily recognizable. We first notice the grille: it has been enlarged, to match the style of other more recent BMWs, such as the X7 for example. The two “beans” of which now joined, and can house cameras and sensors for semi-autonomous driving. The headlights are refined of about ten millimeters and pass to thestandard LED lighting, with the optional laser. Behind, the lights adopt a much more aggressive design on the X3.

A Series 4 interior

Inside, the layout has been modernized and is reminiscent of the 4 Series. The center screen can go up to 12.3 inches as an option, the digital instrument cluster too, while the seats have been revised and are standard upholstered in in-house synthetic leather, named Sensatec. The technological offer is also being brought up to date, with the semi-autonomous driving Drive Assist Pro, the latest version of the BMW operating system, and the enhanced personal assistant with new functions.

From a technical point of view, the big news concerns the two petrol engines (xDrive20i de 184 ch and 360 hp M40i). They both gain a light hybridization system, consisting of a 48V starter-alternator (an improved start & stop system, in short), and a small boost of 11 ch. The objective is not to improve performance but to reduce consumption and emissions. Both will still get heavy penalties : from € 3,552 for the xDrive20i and from € 14,723 for the M40i.

New BMW X3 and X4: prices

On the price side, BMW wanted to simplify the range, which now spans three main levels for the X3: xLine, Business Design, and M Sport. The more muscular versions M40i and M40d are entitled to their own level of finish. The BMW X3 is available from € 49,650 (xDrive20i xLine), and the range climbs to € 76,900 for the X3 M40i.

The X4 Coupe SUV range is more compact, with only the xLine and M Sport finishes, then those of the M40i and M40d. It starts at € 59,500 for the X4 xDrive30i, and goes up to € 79,650 for the X4 M40i. It is globally cheaper than the competition at Mercedes (from € 53,650 for the GLC, € 63,100 for the GLC Coupé), and at the same level as Audi (49,890 € for a Q5 and 56,190 € for a Q5 Sportback).

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