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2025 BMW X3 Preview: First Look at the New Model

BMW has given us a sneak peek at the upcoming fourth-generation X3 SUV. It’s set to debut in just a few weeks, and here’s what we know so far.

FeatureDetails
Engine OptionsTurbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six
(Possibly electrically assisted by mild hybrid system)
DrivetrainRear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
Interior DesignBold new design with a screen spanning two-thirds of the dashboard
Exterior DesignRounded-off angles for a softer, less aggressive look
2025 BMW X3 Specs

The outgoing X3, which saw a remarkable 380,000 units delivered in 2023, firmly established itself as BMW’s best-selling model, surpassing even the iconic 3 Series Sedan in popularity.

Now, with the unveiling of its successor on the horizon, BMW is poised to set new standards in the premium SUV market.

Images of camouflaged prototypes have surfaced, offering a tantalizing preview of what’s to come. Among the highlights are the plug-in hybrid and M Performance variants, with the latter boasting a striking quad exhaust system—a feature previously reserved for BMW’s flagship M models. This move signals BMW’s commitment to delivering exhilarating performance across its lineup.

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Notably, the high-performance variant of the X3 is set to adopt a new nomenclature, transitioning from “M40i” to “M50,” marking a departure from the traditional naming convention.

Rumors suggest that this change reflects BMW’s evolving approach to model designations, with the “i” suffix being dropped to signify a shift in focus.

While enthusiasts may lament the absence of an electrified variant in the United States at launch, BMW assures that the new X3 will feature an upgraded battery, offering enhanced electric range—a testament to the brand’s commitment to sustainable mobility.

Internally referred to as the “G45,” the 2025 BMW X3 boasts a sleeker design concealed beneath its camouflage, with aerodynamic enhancements aimed at improving fuel efficiency.

A wider track and reduced lift at the rear axle contribute to enhanced stability and handling, while advancements in chassis technology promise a more engaging driving experience without compromising comfort.

Inside, drivers can expect a refined and modern cockpit, featuring a simplified dashboard layout and intuitive touchscreen controls—a hallmark of BMW’s latest models. With an emphasis on safety and driver assistance technology, the new X3 is poised to excel in Euro NCAP crash tests.

Looking ahead, BMW has confirmed plans for an all-electric variant, the iX3, slated for release next year. Set to redefine the electric SUV landscape, the iX3 will feature BMW’s cutting-edge Neue Klasse platform, offering a glimpse into the future of emission-free mobility.

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