BMW has revealed the X3 M and X4 M, the first ever mid-size BMW SUVs to wear the hallowed badge.
Powering the duo is an all-new 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline-six petrol engine, producing 353kW of power (475PS) and 600Nm of torque (443lb-ft) in regular variants. They can sprint from 0-100km/h (62mph) in just 4.2 seconds, towards a top speed of 280km/h (174mph).
Opt for the top-spec Competition and you’ll get 375kW (510PS) of power – that results in a 0.1 second reduction in the 0-100 time, and a 5km/h increase in top speed (to 285km/h / 177mph).
Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, and a rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel-drive system from the M5 super sedan. Other performance components available across the X3/X4 M range include an active M rear differential, adaptive suspension with three settings, electric sports steering, bigger brakes and performance tyres.
Visually, the hot crossovers get more aggressive styling, with new bumpers, huge air intakes, extended side skirts, race-inspired rear diffuser and quad exhaust tips. Competition models receive black trim instead of the chrome found on the regular model, in addition to 21-inch wheels. Inside, there’s an M steering wheel, sports bucket seats, M1 and M2 steering wheel preset buttons and M badging.
The 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M go on sale in Europe later this year.