BMW has taken to social media to tease go-fast versions of the X3 and X4 SUVs.
The pair were teased in a dramatic teaser video posted to BMW’s M division Facebook page, still clad in camouflage.
The pair are expected to be powered by BMW’s signature 3.0-litre inline six engine and performance-wise, they are expected to target competitors like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which is powered by a 375kW twin-turbo V6, or the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, powered by a 375kW 4.0-litre V8.
BMW's local arm can also now confirm that the X4 M and X3 M are confirmed for Australia, with a global launch sometime in the second half of 2019.
"We sell more M cars as a percentage of our range than anywhere else in the world" says BMW Australia spokesperson, Adam Davis. With over 60 per cent of BMW sales now also SUVs the brand is "excited" for the arrival of the two mid-size performance SUVs
BMW’s flagship twin-turbo straight-six engine produces 331kW in the current M4 Competition. However, BMW Australia confirms "It's true that a newly developed straight-six will be debuting on the X3 M." This marks the first time that a BMW performance engine has been launched on an SUV.
Pricing is still unknown but expect the pair to be priced north of the $160,000 mark. Given that the M3, M4 and M2 are now only available in Competition spec, it's a decent indicator of the specification level desired by Australians.
You can also expect an active M differential, which appears in other M division models, and a digital dashboard according to previously leaked spy images.
Would you be putting your hand up for an X4 M or X3 M over a Stelvio Quadrifoglio or AMG GLC 63 S? Tell us what you think in the comments below.