2025 BMW 3 Series Updates: Minor Styling Changes and Hybrid Enhancements Await Next Generation

Jacob Brooke
May 29, 2024
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The 2025 BMW 3 Series has received updates to its design, technology, and mechanical components, preceding the introduction of a new generation slated for 2027.

The latest updates represent the second series of changes since the model was introduced in Australia five years ago, aimed at extending its market presence until its replacement near the decade's end.

This recent update to the 3 Series includes minor styling modifications, a new steering wheel design, and some mechanical improvements.

This strategy of multiple updates within a single generation is less common for BMW, as the company typically adheres to a seven-year lifecycle for its models.

However, the current G20 3 Series is set to have a nine-year run, ending in 2027 with the expected launch of a new petrol model and an electric variant.

Details regarding the Australian release of the updated 3 Series have not yet been disclosed, but based on previous patterns, the model is likely to be available about three months after it begins production in Europe in July.

Internationally, significant changes include an improved electric driving range for the plug-in hybrid model and the discontinuation of diesel models in some markets, though these will not affect Australia due to prior discontinuations.

Exterior updates are limited to new 19-inch alloy wheels and nine additional paint colours.

Interior changes feature elements from the more recent 5 Series, including new designs for the steering wheel and air vents. Options for glass material on certain controls are now available.

The updated infotainment system, iDrive 8.5, incorporates a customizable shortcut row and is devoid of physical climate controls.

Additional technological updates include augmented reality for navigation and a 5G SIM card for enhanced connectivity.

New ambient lighting, seat materials in the M Sport models, more color options for leather seats, and various dashboard inlays have also been introduced.

Mechanically, the vehicle has been modified to improve comfort with stiffer rear damper mounts and lighter steering in Comfort mode among other undisclosed changes.

The plug-in hybrid 330e now features a larger 19.5kWh battery, increasing its electric range to up to 101km, and supports quicker 11kW AC charging.

Engine options for the Australian market are likely to remain consistent, with a choice between a 190kW turbocharged four-cylinder and a 285kW turbocharged six-cylinder.

The M340i model has received an upgrade to its hybrid system, adding more torque and maintaining its power output, while the entry-level 330i and the high-end M340i xDrive start at prices of $46,675 and $62,775 respectively.

The 2025 BMW 3 Series update serves to maintain the model's competitiveness until the next generation arrives.

Jacob Brooke
Jacob Brooke, a respected voice in the world of automotive journalism, brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to his reviews at CarSauce. His keen eye for detail and passion for all things cars shine through in his in-depth analysis and honest evaluations of the latest models of cars. Join him as he guides readers through the car-buying process and explores the exciting world of motoring.

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