BMW is engaged on a redesign for its top-selling X3 small crossover and the newest prototypes to be noticed are for a plug-in hybrid variant.
We all know they’re plug-in hybrids as a result of caps for each a charging port (driver facet entrance fender) and gas filler (passenger facet rear fender) are current. One of many prototypes additionally has the label “Electrified Automobile” on its sides, however it is not a full electrical because it has an exhaust system, as indicated by its rear-mounted muffler.
The present X3 was briefly supplied within the U.S. with a plug-in hybrid choice, the X3 xDrive30e which got here with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 mated to a single electrical motor built-in with the transmission. The choice was dropped after 2021, nonetheless.
It is not clear whether or not BMW plans to as soon as once more provide an X3 plug-in hybrid within the U.S., and there is a good probability we do not see it because the automaker is predicted to supply an electrical iX3 right here with the brand new era, no less than in normal guise. The present X3 additionally has an electrical iX3 choice that we miss out on.
2025 BMW X3 plug-in hybrid spy pictures – Picture credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
There’s additionally the likelihood that a number of variations of the redesigned X3 supplied by the BMW M skunkworks will characteristic a plug-in hybrid powertrain, together with probably the subsequent X3 M, and any such model is a secure wager for U.S. sale. M-badged variations of the newest 7-Collection characteristic plug-in hybrid energy, and we additionally know the redesigned M5 and upcoming XM will each characteristic plug-in hybrid powertrains.
The redesigned X3 is predicted to reach in 2024 as a 2025 model, and the usual plug-in hybrid model ought to be out there at launch or shortly after, relying available on the market.
The platform of the brand new X3 is predicted to be an up to date model of the present X3’s CLAR design, which might imply rear-wheel drive with the choice of all-wheel drive.
The X3 is a car BMW will not wish to fiddle with. BMW in 2021 managed to promote 75,858 examples within the U.S. alone, making it the automaker’s hottest car right here.