Ahead of an early 2025 Australian introduction, the ‘G45’ fourth-generation 2025 BMW X3 has been revealed. Sporting a new look, new mild-hybrid drivetrains, a reduced lineup and more technology across the range, the new X3 is longer, wider and lower than the model it replaces, though it uses the same platform as before, albeit revised for superior driving dynamics. The electric iX3 is yet to be revealed, though it’s believed to be a completely different product this time around.

According to BMW, “Boasting greater sporting appeal, visual impact and versatility than ever, the new BMW X3 assumes the mantle of talented all-rounder for everyday use, leisure activities and trips away in the brand’s core segment.”

“The fourth generation of one of the brand’s most successful models in sales volume combines an all-new look both inside and out, a high-quality interior with sustainable materials and technology, sharpened chassis dynamics and increased standard specification.”

On the outside of the 2025 BMW X3 is a new, but familiar, look that combines styling cues from X3 models of the past like the T-shaped tailights with styling cues from the latest BMW models, like the illuminated ‘kidney’ grille, flush door handles and dual L-shape front daytime running lights. 19-inch alloy wheels will be standard on the X3 20, while the M50 features 21s.

Measuring 4,775mm long, 1,920mm wide, 1,660mm high and riding on a 2,865mm long wheelbase, the latest X3 is 34mm longer, 29mm wider and 25mm lower than the previous model, but its wheelbase is identical. Its boot measures 570-litres with the seats up – 10L more than the last model – and 1,700L with the seats folded. As before, the new X3’s rear seat splits 40:20:40.

2025 BMW X3

Inside the new X3 is the same curved dual-screen layout that features two 12.3-inch screens with one for the driver’s display and one for the infotainment screen, both of which use BMW’s iDrive 9 software. The infotainment screen now includes a row of shortcuts – dubbed ‘QuickSelect’ – for the air temperature and frequently used apps. Other touchscreen features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, over-the-air updates and a ‘ConnectedDrive’ store to download apps and games.

The ambient lighting has been upgraded to now feature on the doors, around the centre console and above the central air vents, which the company’s ‘Veganza’ synthetic leather trim will be standard equipment in Australia, which is claimed to produce 85 per cent less emissions than real leather. Available features include tri-zone climate control, electric front seat adjustment, a 765-watt Harman Kardon sound system, a panoramic glass roof, heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

2025 BMW X3

Under the bonnet of the Australian-spec 2025 BMW X3 will be two initial turbo petrol engine choices: the four-cylinder 20 and the six-cylinder M50, and like the recently revealed new 1 Series, the ‘i’ has been dropped from the engine designations. This means that diesel power, plug-in hybrid power and even the popular ‘xDrive30i’ variant have been dropped from the local X3 range.

The X3 20 uses a 153kW/330Nm 2.0-litre engine, while the M50 uses a 293kW/580Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, and both variants will be equipped with 48V mild-hybrid assistance and ‘xDrive’ all-wheel drive as standard. Overseas variants will be available with other petrol models, as well as diesel and plug-in hybrid variants and BMW Australia is yet to announce which ones will be sold locally.

2025 BMW X3

The 2025 BMW X3 will go on sale locally in early 2025, with local pricing and specifications to be announced before then. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

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Jake is the veteran automotive journalist in the DiscoverAuto team having been in the industry since 2017. His first word was Volvo, he nitpicks every piece of practical design and has an unhealthy obsession for cars that feature rain-activated headlights.

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