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BMW X3 Gets a Mid-Cycle Refresh: New Engines, Tech, and a Drop in the Name

BMW unveils the refreshed X3 with new powertrains, advanced technology, and a refined design

  • The 2025 BMW X3 introduces enhanced powertrains and new tech features.

  • Exterior updates include a bold new look and redesigned LED headlights.

  • Interior upgrades feature the BMW Curved Display with iDrive 9 OS.

BMW has unveiled the fourth generation of its popular X3 midsize Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), scheduled for a worldwide launch in the fourth quarter of 2024. This comprehensive update brings a fresh exterior design language, a modernized interior with the latest tech features, and enhanced powertrain options to the premium SAV segment.

Exterior Design Updates

The 2025 X3 sports a bold new look with increased dimensions over the previous model. It now measures 4,755 mm in length (+34 mm), 1,920 mm in width (+29 mm), and has a lower overall height of 1,660 mm (-16 mm). The upright front features BMW’s iconic kidney grille with a new internal structure composed of vertical and diagonal bars. The LED headlights have been redesigned with L-shaped light elements for the daytime running lights, side markers, and turn signals.

Interior and Tech Advancements  

Inside, the X3 welcomes passengers with a premium cabin featuring high-quality materials and generous space. The centerpiece is the BMW Curved Display integrated with the new iDrive 9 operating system powered by Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This enables wireless updates, digital services, and seamless connectivity options like the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.

2025 BMW X3 | Photo: BMW

Name and Badging Update

One noteworthy change for the 2025 model year is BMW’s decision to drop the “i” from the X3’s model designation, which previously indicated fuel injection technology. Going forward, the company will only use the “i” nomenclature for its fully electric models. As a result, the two variants are now badged as the BMW X3 30 xDrive and BMW X3 M50 xDrive, signifying their gasoline powertrains and respective performance levels within the lineup.

Powertrain Options

Under the hood, the 2025 X3 lineup offers two engine choices, both with 48V mild-hybrid technology for improved efficiency:

  • X3 30 xDrive: 2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder (255 hp, 295 lb-ft), 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds
  • X3 M50 xDrive: 3.0L TwinPower Turbo inline-6 (393 hp, 428 lb-ft)

Both models receive chassis enhancements for increased agility and ride comfort. The M50 xDrive adds an M Sport differential, brakes, suspension, and aero components.

Safety and Driver Assistance

Standard driver aids include Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assistant, Speed Limit Info, and a Parking Assistant with Backup Assistant. Optional upgrades bring Parking Assistant Professional with Remote Operation, Manoeuvre Assistant to record routes, and Driving Assistant Professional with Traffic Jam Assistant up to 60 km/h.

Pricing and Production  

The 2025 BMW X3 will be produced at the company’s Spartanburg, South Carolina plant with a focus on sustainability. Canadian pricing starts at $58,900 CAD for the X3 30 xDrive and $74,900 CAD for the X3 M50 xDrive model.

2025 BMW X3 | Photo: BMW
2025 BMW X3 | Photo: BMW
2025 BMW X3 | Photo: BMW


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