Our spy pics show the BMW Z4 is receiving a mid-life update, and we can expect to see it next year.
The third-generation BMW Z4 has been with us since 2019, so it’s just about due for a mid-life refresh. It’ll continue to compete with the likes of Porsche’s 718 Boxster, but it appears BMW has reined-in the development budget for the Z4’s facelift, because from what we can see in these spy shots there is very little to differentiate it from the current model.
The front of the facelift model looks like it’ll retain the same overall design, the headlights haven’t changed and the wide kidney grille shape remains. The lower part of the bumper could receive some tweaks to improve airflow.
At the side we can spot that the air vent behind the front wheel has been kept, as has the top spec M40i’s wheel design. The angle of the image also shows parts of the interior, where we can see the same central screen layout as the current Z4. This means the new Z4 is unlikely to be given the curved display seen on the facelifted 3 Series, sticking with 10.25 digital instrument cluster and a dash-mounted 10.25-inch infotainment system.
Towards the rear of the prototype we can see it remains virtually unchanged, with the same exhaust tips as the outgoing M40i. The rear lights are also the same but given this is our first look at the facelifted Z4, there’s still time for further exterior tweaks.
The Z4 is currently available with sDrive20i and sDrive30i powertrains in either Sport or M Sport trim. The 20i has a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol with 145kW and 320Nm of torque. The 30i comes with the same engine but is tuned to 190kW and 400Nm of torque. Sitting above those models is the M40i with the same turbocharged 3.0-litre, straight-six petrol as the Toyota Supra, producing 250kW and 500Nm of torque.
It’s likely the new Z4 won’t deviate from this engine lineup. The eight-speed automatic transmission will also stay, with the manual six-speed gearbox from the latest Supra unlikely to make its way over to the BMW.
The suspension may be tweaked on the new model but it’ll still be the same double wishbone set up at the front and multi-link at the rear, made from a mix of aluminium and steel.
Expect a full reveal later this year with an on sale date sometime in 2023.