The first M treatment is about to be given to the BMW X3 and X4, unlocking a whole new performance level for the pair. BMW has released new teaser images, showing both compact SUVs debuting publicly at the Germany’s Nürburgring as prototypes. The automaker has also revealed some technical details on the X3 M and X4 M.
The two SUVs will be underpinned by the same platform, packing a new 3-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six engine which should deliver more power than the current 444-bhp S55 unit with the Competition Package. So the power could go up reaching the region of the rival Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, which is around 469 bhp.
The X3 M and X4 M will have an active M differential on the rear axle and M all-wheel-drive system like that of the bigger X5 M and X6 M. The drivetrain is designed to accurately transmit the engine’s output between all wheels while at the same time prevent power loss as much as possible. BMW didn’t reveal whether the transmission will use a standard automatic or dual-clutch one.
The exterior for both SUVs is now more aggressive with an open front bumper designed for better cooling, also deeper sideskirts and quad tail pipes sticking out of the rear bumper. The interior wasn’t included in the teaser images, of course, but typical M upgrades are expected to be there.
Entering the performance mid-sized SUV competition, the BMW X3 M and X4 M are bound to face the likes of the Mercedes-AMG GLC63, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and the Porsche Macan Turbo, which each also has its charms as an enjoyable performance crossover.