2025 BMW X3 Hybrid: What we know [Update]

  • Next-gen BMW X3 could be BMW's final gas-powered mid-size SUV
  • Likely to come with at least one plug-in hybrid variant with an EV range of 62 miles
  • Could start reaching dealerships in the second half of 2024 in the U.S.
  • Expected to be priced from around USD 50,000

Update: ‘Design’ and ‘Specifications’ sections updated and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ section added.

The all-new, fourth-generation X3 will replace the current model introduced back in June 2017, in about two years. The company is likely to offer multiple hybrid powertrains in the redesign, expecting a greater shift towards electrification in the next half of the decade. Here’s everything we know about the 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid so far:

Design

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The 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid will feature an evolutionary design. Image Source: BMW Group

Spy pictures indicate that the 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid will feature an evolutionary design. Early prototypes of the next-gen model wear new, swept-back headlamps and have a provision for a taller kidney grille. These changes seem inspired by the third-gen BMW X1 U11 and will likely make the redesigned SUV look more confident and expressive.

Interior & Features

The interior of the 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid will likely have a visibly cleaner and more elegant design, with cues borrowed from the BMW iX. We’re confident that it would feature the BMW Curved Display with the BMW Operating System 8 (BMW OS 8)-based eighth-gen BMW iDrive control/operation system display and operating system. Consisting of a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch control display merged behind a glass surface that’s angled towards the driver in a signature BMW fashion, the BMW Curved Display is likely to be a standard feature in the next-gen X3.

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The 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid will likely feature the BMW Curved Display, that too as standard. Image Source: BMW Group

Bimmerpost forum member ynguldyn suggests the next-gen X3 will be more premium than the current model. Standard Comfort Access (passive keyless entry), ‘Iconic Glow’ exterior, more sophisticated interior materials, ADAS functions matching the current X5, and iDrive 8 will make it a much more attractive model than the current X3. It seems like BMW will throw everything at the gas-powered X3’s final generation to make the most of its sales potential. A sporty X3 M50i variant will pack M Sport suspension, distinctive wheels, and M parts as standard. An adaptive suspension will be optional on this variant.

Specifications

The 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid will be based on an improved version of the current CLAR platform. Expect it to come with a mix of 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines with mild-hybrid and/or plug-in hybrid technologies. These could be cleaner engines that can meet the stricter, Euro 7 emission norms that could come into effect mid-decade. According to Bimmerpost forum’s ynguldyn, however, BMW won’t offer the next-gen X3 with newly developed engines, meaning that improvements are not going to be vast.

Spy pictures have already revealed that BMW is developing a 2025 X3 plug-in hybrid. While the current X3 plug-in hybrid is only available in an xDrive30e AWD variant, the next-gen model will reportedly come in three different plug-in hybrid variants, probably one RWD and two AWD. At least one of them will likely deliver a pure electric range of 100 km (62 miles) on the WLTP cycle. Unlike the current X3 PHEV, the next-gen X3 Plug-in Hybrid will likely be available in the U.S.

The new all-electric version of the X3 (2025 BMW iX3) will be a different vehicle, riding on the Die Neue Klasse platform that is designed to underpin EVs.

Release Date

The U.S. launch of the 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid could take place in the second half of 2024. Expect the plug-in hybrid variant’s prices to start somewhere in the USD 50,000 range.

TopElectricSUV says

The next-gen BMW X3 would be a more refined and cleaner luxury mid-size SUV with an evolutionary design, more premium features, improved standard equipment, and cleaner engines. The most important upgrade in the redesigned model would be its significantly enhanced plug-in hybrid technology that makes it usable as an EV for long distances on a full charge.

2025 BMW X3 FAQs

What is the 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid release date?

The 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid could arrive in the U.S. in H2 2024.

What will be the 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid price?

The starting price of the 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid could be around USD 50,000.

Which models will be 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid rivals?

The 2025 BMW X3 Hybrid will compete with the Lexus RX 450h+, Audi Q5 TFSI e, and the Volvo XC60 Recharge successor.

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