BMW Group has outed its new M-fettled X3 and X4 performance SUVs, showing camouflaged prototype versions at a recent race meeting at Germany's Nurburgring circuit.
Engineers used the circuit to test the M package which features modifications to the powertrain, suspension and aerodynamics.
While exact specifications are scarce, images show that both vehicles feature large air intakes at the front, four tail-pipes integrated into the rear apron and sportier styling.
BMW has also confirmed that the hi-po SUVs will use a newly developed version of its 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, matched to its latest M xDrive all-wheel-drive system that recently made its debut in the sixth-generation M5 performance sedan.
Currently, both the X3 mid-size SUV and the coupe-style X4 ranges are topped by an M40i variant, which are priced at $99,900 plus on-roads and $109,900 respectively.
As such, if the M-powered versions make it Down Under, we'd expect them to be priced well north of $150k.
The top-spec M40i grade produces 265kW and 500Nm from its 3.0-litre six-pot, which is matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Higher-spec M grades would likely add significantly more power, putting them in closer contention with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG GLC63, Porsche Macan Turbo and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV.
According to BMW M president Frank van Meel, the new X3 and X4 flagships will set benchmarks in the high-riding performance vehicle segment.
“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,” he said.
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