New 2025 BMW Series 3 Moves Fast Towards Hybrid Tech

BMW announces the 2025 BMW 3 Series, boasting sleek design upgrades, advanced hybrid technology, and innovative features for an unmatched driving experience.

May 30, 2024

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The BMW 3 Series has been the epitome of sporty driving pleasure since it first rolled off the production line in 1975. Over the years, this iconic car has evolved through seven generations, each one pushing the envelope in terms of design, performance, and technology. With almost 50 years under its belt, the 3 Series has sold over 20 million units worldwide, making it one of the best-selling models in BMW's lineup.

The 2025 BMW 3 Series is packed with cool new upgrades that make it even more exciting. For starters, the exterior gets fresh paint options like Arctic Race Blue and Vegas Red, plus some sleek new alloy wheel designs. Inside, you’ll find redesigned steering wheels and a cleaner dashboard layout, creating a modern and premium feel. The latest iDrive 8.5 with QuickSelect simplifies navigating through the car’s functions, and the enhanced chassis tuning strikes the perfect balance between sporty and comfy. Under the hood, both the 6-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines now have 48V mild hybrid tech, boosting power and efficiency.

Production of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan for the US market will kick off at the BMW Group Plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The sedan is set to launch worldwide in August 2024.

Here's a breakdown of the base MSRPs for the 2025 BMW 3 Series models, not including the $1,175 destination and handling fee:

2025 BMW 330i $45,500
2025 BMW 330i xDrive $47,500
2025 BMW M340i $59,600
2025 BMW M340i xDrive $61,600

Fresh Designs and Premium Interiors

The 2025 BMW 3 Series brings some exciting new exterior color options, including Arctic Race Blue metallic and Vegas Red metallic, with even more personalization available through BMW Individual shades like Frozen Pure Grey metallic and Frozen Portimao Blue metallic. For those opting for the M Sport package, you'll get stylish 19-inch M alloy wheels in a double-spoke design, available in bi-color or Jet Black finishes. Alternatively, you can choose from the new BMW Individual 19-inch alloy wheels in a Y-spoke design with a bi-color finish, which adds a touch of elegance across all models.

Inside, BMW has introduced new design elements that highlight a clean, tech-forward cockpit. Drivers now have a choice of two new steering wheel designs: the BMW 330i comes standard with a sleek two-spoke wheel with a polygonal rim, while the M340i and 330i models with the M Sport package get a sporty three-spoke flat-bottomed M steering wheel. Both designs feature illuminated multifunction buttons and gearshift paddles, making the interior not just functional but also visually striking.

The interior lighting has been upgraded with cascade lighting around the central vents, adjustable in color and brightness with nine different options to choose from. This lighting setup also includes a Welcome and Goodbye Animation and signals for scenarios like incoming phone calls or open doors. To complement the lighting, the trim options have been refreshed with high-quality materials like Fineline Light open-pored fine-wood for the 330i and M Aluminum Rhombicle for the M340i. Optional trims include Ash Grey open-pored fine-wood, Aluminum Fine Brushed, and Carbon Fiber. Additionally, features like Galvanic controls and a refined Sensatec dashboard with decorative stitching enhance the premium feel of the cabin.

Power and Performance Upgrades

The 2025 BMW 3 Series steps up its game with some impressive powertrain enhancements. The M340i models now sport a new 3-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with 48V mild hybrid technology, which boosts power delivery and efficiency. This setup adds an extra 11 hp of electric power to the TwinPower Turbo engine, pushing it to a whopping 386 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, the M340i can rocket from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, or 4.1 seconds with the xDrive all-wheel drive system, all while delivering a thrilling soundtrack through the M Sport exhaust system.

The 330i models aren’t left behind either, featuring a 2-liter inline 4-cylinder engine also benefiting from the 48V mild hybrid system. This engine incorporates the Miller cycle combustion process, redesigned intake ports, and advanced technologies in camshaft control, injection, and ignition. The result is a robust 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, ensuring that the 330i remains both powerful and efficient. These updates make for a dynamic driving experience, whether you’re in the city or on the open road.

BMW has also fine-tuned the chassis to balance sportiness and comfort even better. By stiffening the mounting connecting the rear dampers to the body, they’ve improved the car's precision and composure. This means you’ll feel more comfortable in all driving situations, regardless of road conditions or the driving mode you choose. Plus, the steering effort has been reduced in Comfort mode, making everyday driving smoother and easier.

Cutting-Edge Tech and Enhanced User Experience

The 2025 BMW 3 Series is equipped with the latest BMW iDrive 8.5 system, making it easier than ever to control vehicle functions and access digital services. The new home screen continuously displays the navigation map, and QuickSelect tech allows for a streamlined menu structure that mimics modern consumer electronics. This system includes a customizable widget bar for quick access to media, phone, and other functions, and simplifies climate control through touch or voice commands via the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.

Navigation gets a significant boost with the standard BMW Maps system in the Live Cockpit Plus, which offers better usability, proactive route recommendations, and a simplified menu. For those opting for the Live Cockpit Professional, you'll enjoy the BMW Head-Up Display and the Augmented View function. This feature overlays real-time information on a live video feed of the driver’s view, making tricky junctions easier to navigate with animated directional arrows.

Personalization is taken to the next level with the integration of BMW ID and the My BMW App. By scanning a QR code, users can easily import their profiles, sync settings, and manage their vehicle through the app. The My BMW App also provides vital information like vehicle status, range, and maintenance needs, and allows for over-the-air updates and upgrades. Plus, the new Personal eSIM supports 5G connectivity, ensuring seamless communication and data streaming, even when your smartphone isn't in the car.

New 2025 BMW Series 3