For the second phase of their model cycle BMW has updated the X3 and the X4, introducing styling tweaks, increased digital equipment and a hybrid powertrain for the environmentally conscious. The redesigned front end and revised rear section make them much more modern, with the X4 flaunting an exclusive BMW mesh grille.

Additionally, BMW has introduced a mild-hybrid technology with a 48-volt starter generator is now being offered with all petrol engines. The BMW X3 xDrive30e with plug-in hybrid drive also bears an “electrified by i” emblem on the front wing, while an additional blue ring adorns all BMW logos on this engine version, including those on the wheel hub covers.

Aesthetically, the X3 and the X4 feature a redesigned BMW kidney grille and headlights along with the front apron and rear bumper, while new graphics have been applied to the rear lights. The grille is not a singular unit, and the headlights are around ten millimetres flatter. A black border gives the full-LED rear lights a more precise appearance, while the narrower light graphic now includes a three-dimensionally modelled pincer contour and horizontal turn signals integrated in filigree style.

The new BMW X3 and the new BMW X4 adopt the centre console of the current BMW 4 Series. The free-standing 10.25-inch screen is standard, however a 12.3-inch version can be had as an option. Additional functions are offered by the optional extra ambient light, which features contour lighting above the decorative trim in the dashboard and ambient lighting that shines gently downwards.

Made available for the first time in these models, the Driving Assistant Professional offers active cruise control, junction warning with additional city brake function, emergency lane assistant and improved steering/lane guidance assistant. The 3D environment visualisation in the instrument cluster provides an overview of the systems activated and functions that they offer. What’s more, the BMW Drive Recorder, you’ll be able to take videos around the vehicle!

With the updates to the X3 and the X4, BMW has also tweaked the high-performance variants of the same (click here to read). We expect BMW to introduce these updated models in India by next year, which also means now is a good time to keep an eye on those lucrative model-change discounts.