The separate kidney grilles that have adorned BMWs for decades continue to fade away as the freshened X3 and X4 crossovers adopt conjoined nostrils for 2022.
The front and rear bumpers, exhaust trim and headlights are also updated on the X3, BMW's top-selling light truck and No. 1 seller overall, and X4. With the larger grille, the standard full LED headlights are now 0.4 inch thinner on both models. The X4 is distinguished by a mesh kidney grille insert used on BMW's other sporty models.
The X3's powertrain lineup will be simplified for 2022: The X3 xDrive30e plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid has been dropped in the U.S., leaving just the four-cylinder sDrive30i and xDrive30i and the six-cylinder M40i. The four-cylinder X4 xDrive30i and six-cylinder X4 M40i carry over.
The M40i models also receive a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that draws on a powerful starter-generator for enhanced regenerative braking and an extra 11 hp. The starter-generator also improves the stop-start system with lower vibration levels.
The center console in both vehicles is borrowed from the 4 Series. The central control display with touch function is 12.3 inches, up from 10.25 inches.
BMW says production of the latest X3 and X4 will begin in August at its assembly plant in Spartanburg, S.C.