BMW X3 M and X4 M offer significant performance in an SUV package

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BMW has confirmed pricing for its new X3 M and X4 M performance SUVs in the local market.

These new vehicles herald the first of their kind, as BMW has never engineered high-performance variants of the X3 or X4 before.

Although based on BMW’s current G01 mid-sized SUV platform, the X3 M and X4 M are dedicated M-Division products, with all the upgrades to appearance, suspension and performance that entails.

Internationally two engine variants are available, a standard 3-litre twin-turbocharged in-line six, which boosts 353kW, and a more potent Competition model of the same engine architecture.

BMW’s product planners and marketing strategists have decided that South Africa will only get the more powerful Competition version, instead of both.

The Competition grade engine which will power South African X3 M and X4 M models, produces 375kW and 600Nm, making it 6% more potent than the ‘standard’ 3-litre powerplant.

An eight-speed ZF automatic transmission splits those outputs between all four wheels and BMW claims that both the X3 M and its sloping-roofline X4 M sibling are good for 0-100kph in 4.1 seconds.

South Africa will only get the more powerful versions of BMW's new performance SUVs.

Fast and faster options

Ultimate performance potential depends on whether you option the Drivers Package, which can lift top speed on these new performance SUVs from 250- to 280kph.

More powerful brakes, adaptive suspension and variable-ratio steering all combine to ensure that the additional speed and performance available in these BMW SUVs, harmonise to a rewarding driving experience.

Distinguishing the X3 M and X4 M from other BMW mid-size SUVs are their much larger 21-inch wheels, high-gloss front grille detailing, and additional aero ducts shaped into the front bumper and wheel arches.

BMW is positioning the X3 M Competition at R1 510 686, with the X4 M Competition a touch dearer, at R1 605 686. Both vehicles are due to go on sale in South Africa, by October.

There is a 25-litre difference in luggage capacity between the two, which grows to 170-liters if you fold the rear seats down. If you need the space, get an X3 M (which is more capacious), and if you desire pseudo-coupe styling, X4 M is your best option.

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