2023 BMW X3 M40i Powertrain, Exterior and Interior Design, and Release Details

The M40i from the X3 lineup may not fall under entirely M-car category, but it does offer quite similar benefits. Read about the upcoming 2023 BMW X3 M40i model year below.

Not quite satisfied with serving practicality and luxury, the BMW X3 is an SUV that also presents a similar level of sportiness delivered by the manufacturer’s sedan lineups to add driving excitement to its formula. As the car received a mid-cycle refresher for the last model year, the upcoming X3 is expected to be a carryover model with minor upgrades, and an all-new model is predicted to launch for the next model year. Meanwhile, you read about what the top-ranking trim 2023 BMW X3 M40i is offering below.

2023 BMW X3 M40i Design
2023 BMW X3 M40i Design

The 2023 BMW X3 M40i Engine and Fuel Efficiency

The X3 is a compact upscale SUV produced by the luxury automobile manufacturer BMW. It is based on the platform of the 3-Series. Making a debut in 2003 and currently, in its third generation, it is marketed by the automaker as Sports Activity Vehicle—which is BMW’s fancy trademark title for its vehicles under the X-line category.

As per current, there are three trim levels offered by the X3: the sDrive30i, xDrive30i, and the more powerful M40i. The 2023 BMW X3 M40i in specific, is most likely to retain its current 3L turbocharged 6-cylinder powertrain. Last year’s refresher gave it a 48V power-assist hybrid system, bumping its outputs to 355 HP while the torque remains the same at 369 pound-feet.

The M340i comes standard with an all-wheel drive system, just like the rest of the trims in the X3 lineup except for the base variant sDrive30i which utilizes a rear-wheel drive system.

According to the claim by the manufacturer, the M40i is capable to reach zero to sixty mph acceleration in 4.4 seconds, half a second lengthier than the high-performing variant of the X3, the X3 M. Such a difference won’t be felt by the average driver. Not to mention, the M40i provides a more comfortable ride.

As a higher-powered trim, it is not surprising that the fuel economy rating of the M40i at 29 mpg is slightly more consuming than the other. However, the difference is surprisingly close at only a 4 mpg disparity.

2023 BMW X3 M40i Interior
2023 BMW X3 M40i Interior

Inside and Out Designs

The top-of-the-line 2023 BMW X3 M40i trim provides a set of additional features to indulge the buyers compared to the lesser trims. In terms of the exterior, it delivers LED adaptive headlights with the feature of an automatic high-beam system.

Moving on to the interior section, the X3 is a car that provides a load of luxury and amenities as standard, even if you don’t opt for the higher trim. The front-row seats are equipped with a power adjustment function and adjustable side bolsters, while the back-row seats can be reclined. All seats feel plush enough for an extensive road trip. The cabin design is excellent and the material quality is great. Even though the trim is made of plastic, it does a good job to mimic polished wood grain.

Compared to the rest of the range, the M40i also provides some trim-exclusive features such as a 4-way seat lumbar support in the front row and a wholly autonomous panoramic moonroof. It also adds a keyless entry to access the power liftgate. The seats are wrapped in dual-tone Merino leather wraps in red and back. To make the package even more appealing, it also incorporates slashes of matte aluminum and carbon fiber materials inside.

The 2023 BMW X3 M40i’s12.3” infotainment system is powered by the automaker’s iDrive user interface that offers built-in navigation and smartphone integration options (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). Other standard features are including a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and a wireless hotspot. Optional features available are including a wireless charger pad and an extra USB port.

In terms of standard driving assistance, the model offers adaptive LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, etc. Meanwhile, opting for the Driving Assistance Professional package adds lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

2023 BMW X3 M40i Changes
2023 BMW X3 M40i Changes

Competitors and Release Details

The BMW compact upscale SUV X3 competes with several vehicle models in its class, including the Audi Q3, Porsche Macan, Genesis GV70, Lexus RX, Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Acura RDX, and Alfa Romeo StelvioQuadrifoglio.

The 2023 BMW X3 M40i will arrive soon in dealerships and showrooms across the United States market, expect more details about the release to be dropped soon, including the exact price range for each trim carried by this SUV lineup.