2025 BMW X3 debuts with an angry dog face and nearly 400 horses


BMW has taken the wraps off the 4th-gen X3, with prices in Germany starting at €57,900 (including 19% VAT). At launch, there will be four variants to choose from:

Variant German price (including 19% VAT)
X3 20 xDrive €57,900
X3 20d xDrive €60,400
X3 30e xDrive €66,000
X3 M50 xDrive €82,500

All four are all-wheel-drive, and, rear-wheel-drive versions might join the lineup at a later date. The new-gen model will be available in Europe and the USA in the fourth quarter of 2024, followed by other markets from Jan 2025.

Let’s start with the design then, shall we? It seems like the designers were going for an angry face for some reason, and the X3 M50 kinda looks like an angry dog. But thankfully, the proportions appear to be okay. The contour lighting around the grille is an optional extra. LED headlights with L-shaped running lights are standard, while you can spend more if you want adaptive LED headlights with matrix high beam. Blue design detailing is optionally available, as are M Shadowline lights. The side and rear profiles look fairly clean; notice the old-school flap-style door openers—which arguably, are more aerodynamic.

The new X3 rolls off the assembly line with 18-inch alloy wheels as standard (X3 30e xDrive: 19-inches), but up to 21-inch options are available for buyers. The optional M Sport package gets you 19-inch M light-alloy wheels. The range-topping X3 M50 xDrive gets standard features such as 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, M Sport brakes, M Sport differential on the rear axle, M Sport suspension, and variable sport steering. Also, notice the quad tailpipes at the rear. Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers is an optional extra.


The new-gen model has grown in dimensions, as you might expect. It now measures 4,755 mm long (+47 mm), 1,920 mm wide (+29 mm) and 1,660 mm tall (-16 mm), with a wheelbase of 2865 mm (+1 mm).

In case you’re wondering, a fixed panoramic glass sunroof is an optional extra. You do get the Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant as standard. The optional Parking Assistant Professional allows the car to be controlled via a smartphone.

The fresh interiors feature a new dashboard with a curved panel that houses a 12.3-inch digital cluster and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen. A head-up display remains an optional extra (part of the Live Cockpit Professional). The seat upholstery contains something called ‘Econeer’, a material made from recycled PET. The standard ambient lighting features a Welcome and Goodbye Animation. Three-zone climate control comes standard, while the Harman Kardon surround sound system is part of the Premium Package. Comfort Package is also available, which gets you active seat ventilation in the front and seat heating in the rear.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the X3 20 xDrive is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The system figures are 153 kW (208 metric hp) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft). As for the X3 20d xDrive, it packs a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and an 8-speed automatic transmission, offering system figures of 145 kW (197 metric hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft).

Of course, there’s the PHEV as well, which is the X3 30e xDrive, packing a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine and a rather large electric motor integrated into the 8-speed automatic transmission, offering system figures of 220 kW (299 metric hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). There’s a 19.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack underneath the rear seats, estimated to offer a WLTP all-electric range of anywhere between 81 and 90 km (50 – 56 mi).

Last but not least, we’ve the X3 M50 xDrive, packing a 3.0L straight-six turbo petrol engine combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The system figures are 293 kW (398 metric hp) and 580 Nm (428 lb-ft). The official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 4.6 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

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