For the first time ever, BMW will be launching M-versions of their X3 and X4 SUVs. It was late last year that BMW M kicked off the teaser campaign for the high-performance siblings, with both models expected to be unveiled later this year. However, as is usually the case, images of the near production ready SUV's interior has given us our first undisguised glimpse of the X3 M.
Courtesy of Carscoops, an image of the vehicle's iDrive infotainment system as well as of the digital instrument cluster has appeared online, with the infotainment system actually showing us what the X3 M will look like. As hoped, it looks significantly more aggressive than the X3 M-Sport up front, and while we cannot see the rear end in this pic, we know that it will also sport a typical M arrangement with quad pipes. Interestingly, the X3 M doesn't gain the single-piece kidney grilles as seen on the M2 Competition, M5 Competition, and M760Li.
Powering the first-ever M versions of the two SUVs will be BMW's newly developed M TwinPower 3.0-litre inline-six engine code named S58 - which is expected to feature in the G80 M3. An evolution of the S55 found in the F80 M3 and F82 M4, the new unit is said to deliver somewhere in the region of 350kw in its base form. Higher specification of the engine are rumoured to get close to 373kw, and the X3 M and X4 M fitted with a Competition Package are expected to offer that kind of power. Both the X3 M and X4 M are expected to be launched in the second half of 2019. #StayTuned #TunedAutomotive #AutoAdvisorZA