2025 BMW X3: Plug-in hybrid has 90km EV range, M50 xDrive gets 48V mild hybrid tech

MUNICH: The new BMW X3 has a new design language that gives the fourth generation of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) for the premium midsize segment, a much enhanced exterior presence and an aura of dynamic grace.

High-quality materials, a far more generous standard specification, advanced digitalisation and the new BMW iDrive with QuickSelect based on BMW Operating System 9 set the tone for the premium ambience inside the progressively designed cabin.

Driving pleasure, safety and long-distance comfort in the new BMW X3 also all benefit from the exceptionally precise tuning of the overall vehicle setup and a wide selection of semi-automated driving and parking systems.

The new BMW X3 is equipped as standard with light-alloy wheels measuring 18 inches in size (BMW X3 30e xDrive: 19 inches), with a selection of 20-inch and 21-inch items also available as factory-fitted options.

The new BMW X3 offers a far more extensive range of standard and optional systems for semi-automated driving and parking.

It is equipped as standard with front collision warning, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit Info, along with the Driving Assistant including Lane Change Warning and manual Speed Limit Assist.

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The Parking Assistant (also standard) incorporates features such as the Reversing Assistant and a Reversing Assist Camera.

Smartphone integration using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available as standard.

MW X3 30e xDrive plug-in hybrid

A latest-generation plug-in hybrid system enables the new BMW X3 30e xDrive to achieve an electric range of 81 – 90 kilometres in the WLTP cycle.

The drive system in the BMW X3 30e xDrive plug-in hybrid is made up of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine partnered with an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. These join forces to generate system output of up to 220 kW/299 hp.

Its Combined Charging Unit enables AC charging at 11 kW as standard. The plug-in-hybrid model also comes prepared for smart charging with the Connected Home Charging option.

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BMW X3 M50 xDrive

The range-topping model, the new BMW X3 M50 xDrive, features the most powerful six-cylinder in-line petrol engine yet fitted in an M Performance model.

The 3.0-litre M TwinPower Turbo unit links up with 48V mild hybrid technology. Its maximum output of 293 kW/398 hp is channelled to the road via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

The BMW X3 M50 xDrive powers to 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest in 4.6 seconds.

M Sport suspension with variable sport steering, M Sport brakes, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and an M Sport differential integrated into the rear axle all come as standard.

There is also the option of adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers. M-specific design features, the M kidney grille with horizontal bars and BMW Iconic Glow contour lighting, and the quartet of exhaust tailpipes all serve to underline the status of the BMW M model as the most powerful version of the new BMW X3.

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Electrification for petrol and diesel engines, eight-speed Steptronic transmission and BMW xDrive all-wheel drive as standard

48V mild hybrid technology also endows all other variants of the new BMW X3 with enhanced efficiency and rapid power delivery.

It enables the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit in the new BMW X3 20 xDrive to generate maximum output of 153 kW/208 hp. This translates into a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 7.8 seconds.

The four-cylinder diesel engine, also with a displacement of 2.0 litres, under the bonnet of the new BMW X3 20d xDrive posts maximum output of 145 kW/197 hp. The diesel model completes the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 7.7 seconds.

A six-cylinder in-line diesel engine will be added to the line-up for the new BMW X3 in summer 2025.

All the power units link up with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission including shift paddles on the steering wheel as standard.

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There is also a Sport Boost function for exceptionally rapid bursts of speed in models specified with the M Sport package and in the new BMW X3 M50 xDrive.

All model variants also benefit from fully variable distribution of drive power via the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system as standard.

The new BMW X3 will be built at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg (USA) and Plant Rosslyn (South Africa) using a production process focused on conserving resources and circularity.

Its market launch will get underway in Europe and the USA in the fourth quarter of 2024, progressing across numerous other markets from January 2025.

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