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BMW X3 M, X4 M Competition 2019 pricing and specs confirmed

The high-performance BMW X3 M and X4 M Competitions are underpinned by a new-generation six-cylinder petrol engine.

BMW will launch its X3 M and X4 M in high-spec Competition form as standard, with the mechanically related medium SUVs set to arrive in August at $157,900 plus on-road costs and $164,900, respectively.

According to BMW’s local arm, the decision to launch the pair in Competition trim reflects the “popularity of performance” in the market, following in the footsteps of the M2 and M5, which now exclusively carry the top-tier moniker.

The fast Bavarian high-riders are distinguished by signature BMW M design elements including large front air intakes, black kidney grille surrounds and aerodynamic wheel well gills, unique mirrors for reduced drag, and Jet Black 21-inch light alloy wheels.

  • The X3 M Competition is distinguished by signature BMW M design elements including large front air intakes, black kidney grille surrounds and aerodynamic wheel well gills. The X3 M Competition is distinguished by signature BMW M design elements including large front air intakes, black kidney grille surrounds and aerodynamic wheel well gills.
  • Exclusive to the Competition grade is a bespoke tailgate spoiler, body-coloured front and rear aprons and wheel arch surrounds. Exclusive to the Competition grade is a bespoke tailgate spoiler, body-coloured front and rear aprons and wheel arch surrounds.

Exclusive to the Competition grade is a bespoke tailgate spoiler, body-coloured front and rear aprons and wheel arch surrounds, as well as a new M Sport exhaust system with four 100mm-wide tailpipes, providing what BMW calls an “appropriately stirring” soundtrack.

The new exhaust system is also said to minimise emissions, however, BMW Group Australia has yet to release emissions figures, nor has it provided fuel consumption information.

Interior goodies include an M-specific head-up display, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a wireless charger, panoramic glass sunroof, three-zone climate control and a 16-speaker harman/kardon sound system.

While the multimedia system comes with a range of connectivity options, buyers wanting Apple CarPlay will have to tick a $623 option box. 

  • At the centre of the cabin is a 10.25-inch touchscreen, which can be optioned with Apple CarPlay. At the centre of the cabin is a 10.25-inch touchscreen, which can be optioned with Apple CarPlay.
  • The cabin can be trimmed in Merino leather, or Merino and Alcantara upholstery, finished in Bicolour Black and Midrand Beige. The cabin can be trimmed in Merino leather, or Merino and Alcantara upholstery, finished in Bicolour Black and Midrand Beige.

The cabin can be trimmed in Merino leather, or Merino and Alcantara upholstery, finished in Bicolour Black and Midrand Beige. 

Alpine White exterior paintwork is standard, however, five optional metallic paint finishes will be available including new Toronto Red and Donington Grey colours.

BMW’s Driving Assistant Plus package is fitted off the shelf, which brings safety technologies including active cruise control, lane departure warning, lane change warning, front cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, and side impact warning.

The X3 M and X4 M Competitions are powered by a new-generation twin-turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine tuned to produce 375kW of power and 600Nm of torque.

The new six-pot features stronger, and lighter internals, as well as new cooling and fueling systems, among other changes. The result is a 7200rpm redline, with peak power kicking in from 6250rpm and max torque available from 2600rpm to 5950rpm. 

  • The X4 M Competition scores unique mirrors for reduced drag, and Jet Black 21-inch light alloy wheels. The X4 M Competition scores unique mirrors for reduced drag, and Jet Black 21-inch light alloy wheels.
  • Out the back is a new M Sport exhaust system with four 100mm-wide tailpipes. Out the back is a new M Sport exhaust system with four 100mm-wide tailpipes.

Power is sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and delivered to a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system, allowing both midsizers to sprint from zero to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds, up 0.1 seconds compared to the non-Competition variants offered overseas.

An active M differential is featured at the rear axle for improved corner stability and traction, and the adaptive suspension system can be modified using the three driving modes; Comfort, Sport and Sport+.

Braking is managed by fixed four-piston callipers grabbing 395mm discs at the front, and single floating single-piston callipers with 370mm discs at the rear. 

Few optional extras will be available from launch, with BMW offering steering wheel heating ($500), acoustic glazing ($500), sun protection glazing ($500), front and rear seat heating ($700), active seat ventilation ($1600), TV function ($2250) and BMW Gesture Control ($450).

2019 BMW X3 pricing (plus on-road costs):

ModelPrice
sDrive20i – automatic$65,900
xDrive20d – automatic$68,900
xDrive30i – automatic$75,900
xDrive30d – automatic$83,900
M40i – automatic$99,900
M Competition – automatic$157,900

2019 BMW X4 pricing (plus on-road costs):

ModelPrice
xDrive20i – automatic$76,900
xDrive20d – automatic$79,900
xDrive30i – automatic$83,900
xDrive M40i – automatic$109,900
M Competition – automatic$164,900

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