The 2022 BMW X3 M40i keeps its small nostrils but its rear is questionable
What was BMW thinking with those brake lights?
Coming to you all the way from South Africa where the X3 is made, BMW has launched the facelifted X3 M40i and it's a double-edged sword.
The good news is that the updated X3 has kept its small nostrils (they are slightly bigger than before but still not M4 and M3 sized), but the bad news is the brake lights have been royally cocked up. What on earth was BMW thinking? Firstly, they look too big and bulbous, and secondly, they make the car look like a deranged fly.
If BMW had given it similar rear lights to the X1 or even X5 then we wouldn't have an issue, but this just seems a bit sloppy from BMW's design team.
Anyway, other differences include slightly slimmer headlights and a sportier exhaust trim. On the 30i models, the M Sport Packages are optional, but we think most will opt for it.
The 2022 BMW X3 M40i is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produces 382hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This allows it to get from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds which is pretty impressive for a car of its size. It also sits on a set of double-spoke 20-inch alloys as standard, as well as M Sport brakes with either blue or red brake callipers.
The X3 M40i has an MSRP of around £42,000, while the X3 M retails for £52,000.