BMW’s M GmbH division has announced - to nobody’s surprise - the imminent reveal of the first X3 M and X4 M hotted-up crossovers.
The hi-po pair will be shown in prototype forms at this weekend’s DTM race at the Nürburgring, ahead of what is expected to be a reveal at the Paris motor show this October.
The obvious rivals are the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SUV and Coupe models. We’d speculate on an Australian launch around August 2019.
The pair have large air intakes at the front, optimised aerodynamics, and an exhaust system with four tailpipes integrated into the rear apron.
Under the bonnet will be a newly developed straight six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo tech and “high-revving characteristics”.
Each uses M xDrive technology (active all-wheel drive) filtered down from the new M5. BMW “guarantees maximum traction and loss-free distribution of drive torque”.
Part of the package is the company’s electrically-actuated active rear axle differential. BMW claims the dynamics will be “lifted to a level unrivalled within the competitive environment”. Shots fired, Mercedes-AMG…
“With their M specific performance characteristics, the BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M will set benchmarks in terms of dynamics in their respective vehicle segment,” says president BMW M GmbH Frank van Meel.
The expansion means BMW’s full-fat M Division makes hardcore X3 M, X4 M, X5 M and X6 M versions, alongside the staple M2, M3, M4, M5 and M6.
Earlier this week, the company unveiled the range-topping X2 M35i, the first M Performance (M GmbH's sporty sub-brand) version of its small crossover series, scheduled to land in Australia in the first half of next year.
More details will emerge on the X3 M and X4 M soon, so stay tuned.