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BMW’s X3 and X4 compact SUVs finally get the M treatment

Can’t say we didn’t see this coming, but for those who actually didn’t, BMW has just unveiled M Division versions of BMW’s X-line of cars. Predictably dubbed the X3 M and X4 M, the two new crossovers will cater to those who are specifically looking for a premium mid-sized SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) that’s just as capable of scorching tracks as it is doing the school run.

The BMW X3 M (Photo credit: BMW)

The first step then, is to add power. The numbers are big for these utility powerhouses. Both the X3 M and its coupe-like derivative, the X4 M are powered by the same M Twin Power Turbo straight-six, tuned for 473 horses worth of grunt and 600Nm of twist. 

Because that’s not enough for some people, BMW will also offer a Competition version for these twins, providing a power boost to 503hp and a nought to 100kph run in four seconds flat. The top speed is limited to 250kph, but tick the optional M Driver’s package and there will be nothing holding you back from hitting 280kph flat out, or 285hp in the Competition version.

The BMW X4 M (Photo credit: BMW)

The power surge required a stiffer chassis and beefier suspension components, alongside upgraded M brakes that are paired with new 20-inch wheels on the “regular” versions and larger 21-inch wheels on the Competition models. 

To set the M editions apart visually from the basic X3s and X4s that are now everywhere, these SAVs are jacked up with muscular body tweaks and aggressive black trim on the exterior. M-recognisable fascias on the front and back are accompanied by a roof spoiler at the rear hatch — this is, after all, a Sport Activity Vehicle. Seven paint options are available for these baby SUVs but you’d be hard pressed to not choose the new Toronto Red metallic, or the stealthy M-exclusive Donington Grey metallic.

Inside the BMW X3 M. (Photo credit: BMW)

Interiors are upgraded with sports seats, and the leather bits everywhere are marked with M logos to remind passengers that these aren’t ordinary X3s or X4s. BMW’s instrument cluster also gets the special treatment, as does its leather steering wheel. Competition models get dusted with a bit more panache, sporting M Sports seats with the option of different colour trims.


Shatricia Nair
Managing Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.
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