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2025 BMW X3 Crossover Expands Voice Control, Drops ‘i’ in New Name

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2025 BMW X3 Expands Voice Control, Drops the ‘i’BMW
  • The 2025 BMW X3 will start at $50,675 when it launches in the fourth quarter of 2024.

  • The all-new midsize crossover packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 under the hood that makes 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

  • BMW drops the fuel injection “i” from the X3 M50 to clear up any confusion with battery-electric BMWs.


After seven years, BMW is finally sending the third-generation X3 out to pasture and bringing a replacement online. Meet the fourth generation of BMW’s beloved crossover: the X3.

The 2025 X3 gets new styling inside and out, packs a four-cylinder or a six-cylinder under the hood, and drops a part of its name. The latest X3 also delivers a new price tag and BMW’s latest operating system under the skin of its iDrive media system.

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Powering this latest X3 is either a turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 or a 3.0-liter turbocharged I6. The 2.0-liter sits under the hood of X3 30 models and sends 255 hp and 295 lb-ft through an eight-speed automatic transmission and into the xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

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Interior of 2025 BMW X3.BMW

Stepping up to the X3 50 nets you the turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder that cranks the power to 393 hp and 428 lb-ft. Both engines include a 48-volt starter generator mild-hybrid system, and they no longer include the long-running fuel-injection “i” qualifier in their name, to curb confusion with battery-electric models.

Surrounding those engines is new sheetmetal. The ’25 X3 is longer than its predecessor and now spans 187.2 inches, which is up from the current 185.9-inch overall length. Despite being longer, the wheelbase is basically the same at 112.8 inches.

The ’25 X3 is wider, too, and now boasts 75.6 inches of width, which is up from the outgoing X30’s 74.4 inches. Track width is slightly different, too, with the ’25 model featuring a 63.5-inch front and 65.3-inch rear track width. That’s a slightly narrower, and slightly wider track than the outgoing models.

Most folks will be more concerned with what’s covering and inside the new shell than its footprint. At the front, you’ll see a new fascia with new kidney bean grilles. The twin grilles seem larger but are more reserved than the units seen on some of BMW’s more controversial designs. Also in the nose, you’ll see new headlamps, with full, cornering, LED lights available as an option.

At the rear, you’ll find new taillights and new bumper covers. The entry-level X3 30 model features exhaust pipes that are out-of-sight of the rear apron, whereas the M50 models proudly display quad exhaust tips.

Inside, you’ll find a striking new interior that’s centered around the curved driver and media display. BMW didn’t say how large these displays are, but they do seem large enough to handle both tasks. There’s also the BMW Interaction Bar running across the dash, which helps give the latest X3 a futuristic design.

Powering the display is the BMW Operating System 9, which helps expand the use of voice controls. This screen also takes advantage of the BMW Digital Premium system, which enables video streaming and gaming through AirConsole while the car is stationary.

Suspending all of this is a set of standard 19-inch wheels that are managed by a double-joint suspension strut in the front and a five-link in the rear. If those 19-inch wheels aren’t big enough, you can move up to 20-inch or 21-inch rims if you’re so inclined.

BMW says the ’25 X3 is scheduled to hit dealers across the globe in the fourth quarter of 2024. In the United States, the latest X3 will start at $50,675, which is $780 more than the outgoing X3 30 xDrive model. Stepping up to the M50, you’ll have to find at least $65,275. That’s $2,380 more than the equivalent ’24 BMW X3 M40i.

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