2025 BMW X3 Goes AWD-Only, Price Up $2,600

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2025 BMW X3

SUVs are BMW’s most popular body style and the X3 is its most popular model globally. To ensure the X3 remains BMW’s golden child, the German automaker has introduced a redesigned model for 2025. The 2025 BMW X3 arrives with a new design with striking kidney grilles, new tech features, updated engines, and a restyled cabin with dramatic lighting. Unsurprisingly, pricing for the 2025 X3 has gone up for the new model year.

Compared to the outgoing model, the 2025 BMW X3 has a sharper, more angular design. The compact SUV’s body is slightly larger, too, as it’s 1.3 inches longer and 1.1 inches wider than before. The new X3 wears BMW’s latest take on the automaker’s iconic kidney grille with vertical and diagonal bars. Shoppers who don’t like the new kidney grille design will have to make the move up to the M50 trim, which has a more traditional version of the grille with horizontal bars.

The interior design of the 2025 BMW X3 adopts BMW’s latest interior design language with dual screens that are integrated into a single display. The dashboard is far simpler than before and the SUV has fewer physical controls. BMW has ditched the traditional shift knob for a new gear selector toggle and the steering wheel now has a flat-bottom design.

2025 BMW X3 Dashboard

Most shoppers will appreciate the interior changes that BMW made to the 2025 X3, but some may scratch their heads at the automaker’s decision to offer the SUV with funky ambient interior lighting. The lighting elements create a C-shape on the door panels and a U-shape on the center console and can display contrasting colors. It’s a bit much, but it’s certainly unique.

BMW hasn’t confirmed the size of the 2025 X3’s display but claims that the compact SUV is now running the automaker’s iDrive 9 infotainment system. The system includes apps such as Spotify, podcasts, in-car gaming, and news. iDrive 9 also brings cloud-based navigation, 3D maps, and satellite view on top of a more advanced intelligent personal assistant.

Under the hood, the 2025 BMW X3 arrives with updated engines. The base xDrive30 (BMW has dropped the “i” moniker from the vehicle) comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. All-wheel drive is now standard. The engine is rated at 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. An increase of 7 hp and 37 lb-ft of torque compared to the current xDrive30i’s base engine.

2025 BMW X3 Engine

The available M50 model features a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that’s also paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. This powertrain is rated at 393 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. This represents a more substantial 11 hp and 59 lb-ft increase over the M40i trim.

Production of the 2025 X3 will continue at BMW’s facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Pricing of the X3 xDrive30 will start at $50,675, while the X3 M50 will carry a starting price tag of $65,275. The X3 xDrive30 has gone up by $2,780 compared to the current X3 sDrive30i. Sales of the X3 will begin before the end of the year.

Pictured: 2025 BMW X3

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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