2025 BMW X3 breaks cover. Arrives in Australia Q1

The all-new 2025 BMW X3 has been unveiled with new looks, the latest tech and more powerful engines.

Set to hit Australian showrooms in the first quarter of 2025, BMW’s local arm has confirmed the new X3 will launch in two variants – the entry X3 20 xDrive which replaces the sDrive 20i, and the range-topping M50 xDrive which supersedes the M40i xDrive.

Both models now feature 48-volt mild-hybrid technology to improve efficiency.

The plug-in hybrid 30e xDrive and turbo-diesel 20d xDrive available overseas won’t be making a local appearance.

Under the bonnet of the X3 M50 xDrive is a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine producing 293kW (+8kW over the M40i xDrive) and 580Nm (+80Nm). It drives all four wheels via an eight-speed torque converter automatic.

It will dash from 0-100km/h in a claimed 4.6 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker) while returning 7.7-8.3L/100km.

The X3 20 xDrive features a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol generating 140kW (+5kW over the sDrive20i) and 310Nm (+10Nm). It is also matched with an eight-speed torque converter automatic driving all four wheels.

It is capable of rushing from 0-100km/h in 8.5 seconds and return a claimed 6.9-7.6L/100km.

The latest X3 measures 4,755mm in length (+34mm), 1,920mm in width (+29mm) and sits 25mm lower than before. Track width at the front has increased by 16mm to 1,636mm and 45mm to 1,681mm at the rear.

On the styling front, the new X3 features a large split kidney grille with the BMW Iconic Glow contour lighting coming as standard in Australia. There’s also new headlights with L-shaped light elements and matrix high beam and blue design detailing.

Around the rear, the LED taillights contain a T-shaped graphic and three-dimensional sculpted glass lenses.

Inside, highlights include a high-definition BMW Curved Display, BMW Interaction Bar and a new look gear selector lever.

The new X3 features the latest version of BMW iDrive, underpinned by Operating System 9. It incorporates QuickSelect, which enables functions to be activated without requirement to entre a submenu.

It also has Live Cockpit Professional which features BMW head-up display and the Augmented View function in the control display.

Pricing and specification will be announced next month.

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