BMW has revealed an updated version of its electric iX3 SUV, which gains new styling to bring it in-line with the recently-updated X3 it’s based on, as well as BMW’s new i4 and iX EVs.

Though the iX3 was originally revealed in July 2020, the model is only just arriving in UK showrooms due to other markets being prioritised. However, in just a few months’ time buyers will be able to get their hands on the updated version.

Changes are predominantly visual, with the updated iX3 getting a larger grille with a mesh-like structure, while the headlights are now slimmer. Combined with larger air intakes and new ‘air curtains’ positioned at the far edges of the front bumper, it helps to give this SUV a sharper look than before.

Redesigned LED headlights are also fitted, which come with a new signature and more prominent horizontal indicators. A sportier-looking rear diffuser is also fitted as part of the standard-fit M Sport treatment.

These familiar M Sport grades replace the Premier Edition and Premier Pro Edition that have been the only options up until now. Standard equipment includes black 19-inch aerodynamic wheels, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, a large touchscreen and digital dial system, both measuring 12.3 inches. Prices for the M Sport start from £59,730.

The M Sport Pro brings a Harman Kardon sound system, keyless access, self-parking capability and a head-up display, with this trim available for £3,000 extra.

Like before, the iX3 uses a 74kWh battery combined with electric motors making 282bhp. A 286-mile range is promised by BMW, while thanks to 150kW rapid charging capability, it means you can charge the battery from flat to 80 per cent in just 34 minutes with the quickest chargers. That equates to a 10-minute charge adding 62 miles of range in optimal conditions.

First deliveries of the updated BMW iX3 are expected in December.