265kW SUV here in July from $99,900

Local pricing and specifications for the BMW X3 M40i have been detailed this week ahead of a July arrival, with the new performance variant to kick off at $99,900 before on-road costs.

Serving as the first ever M Performance version of the company's popular SUV, the X3 M40i's spec sheet is headlined by what's under the bonnet – a 265kW/500Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six.

Peak power is available from 5500 to 6500rpm, while maximum torque is on tap between 1250 and 4800rpm.

Drive is sent to a performance-oriented M xDrive all-wheel drive system through an eight-speed sports automatic transmission with steering-mounted paddles, along with a launch control function.

According to the Bavarian manufacturer, 0-100km/h takes just 4.8 seconds, while fuel consumption is rated at 8.9L/100km on the combined cycle, the former no doubt aided by the standard M Sport differential.

BMW claims a 50:50 weight distribution for the X3 M40i, which should help it live up to the 'Ultimate Driving Machine' mantra.

Standard equipment includes the M Aerodynamics Package – including of a roof-mounted wing, Cerium Grey body trim elements and black chrome tailpipes, amongst other things – adaptive LED headlights, LED tail-lights, Shadow Line exterior highlights and 21-inch light allow wheels shod in 245/40 front and 275/35 rear run-flat tyres.

Other highlights include M Sport brakes with blue-painted calipers, ambient interior lighting, 'Vernasca' leather upholstery, heated front seats, an M leather steering wheel, a 16-speaker harman/kardon sound system, adaptive M suspension, along with 10.25-inch central and 12.3-inch driver's instrument displays.

Driving Assistant Plus is also included as standard, meaning the X3 M40i comes equipped with adaptive cruise control with stop&go function, front cross-traffic warning, lane-keep assist and side collision warning, while the Parking Assistant Plus package is headlined by an automated parking assistant and 360-degree camera system.

The BMW X3 M40i will be "available from July 2018" priced from $99,900 plus ORCs.

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2018 BMW X3 pricing

  • sDrive20i - $66,900
  • xDrive20d - $69,900
  • xDrive30i - $76,900
  • xDrive30d - $84,900
  • M40i - $99,900 (new)

All prices exclude on-road costs

X3 M40i key features:

  • 21-inch M light alloy wheels
  • Adaptive M suspension
  • M Sport differential
  • M Aerodynamics Package
  • M Sport brakes
  • 'Vernasca' leather upholstery
  • 16-speaker harman/kardon sound system
  • Navigation Professional with 10.25-inch touchscreen display
  • BMW Connected+
  • BMW ConnectedDrive Services