Our source in Munich says BMW is preparing two launch two model M SUV models in the future. The previously rumored BMW X3 M and X4 M are in the planning stages and will join the X5 M and X6 M high-performance SUVs. The X3 M carries the F97 internal designation while the F98 codename was assigned to the X4 M.
BMW X3 M
To compete with the Audi RS Q5 and Mercedes GLC 55 AMG, the X3 M is based on the next generation midsize SUV. The new X3 has grown in size and strives for a more powerful appearance. Compared to the current model, the 2017 X3 is expected but slim down almost 100 kilograms, thanks to a new rear-wheel drive platform and lightweight materials.
Sources say the front-end present itself flatter, yet beefier than the current model and with a new set of LED headlights. A character line runs from the front wheel arch on both door handles to the rear lights, which – are finally running used full LED technology.
The F97 X3 M will sport the typical M design, with an aggressive front fascia including a sculpted bumper and large air curtains, along with flared wheel arches and a lower stance.
The driving dynamics and exterior design have always been a selling point for the X3 family, but the interior somewhat lacked that premium feel many customers requested. BMW seems to have learned a lesson here and the new X3 is likely to be not only technologically advanced, but also more luxurious.
The true M variant would be powered by a 3.0 liter inline-six turbocharged engine delivering close to 500 horsepower. The G01 X3 will be introduced before the end of 2017 and it’s currently being tested in the Northern parts of Europe.
BMW X4 M
The F98 X4 M will be based on the current generation X4 and will sit above the recently unveiled – and fun to drive – BMW X4 M40i. Just like the X3 M, the M version of the X4 will sport a beefed-up design with aggressive lines and the usual M iconic design elements. Same powerplant is likely to end up under the hood with a similar 500 hp output. Both compact M SUVs will cater to a small niche of customers looking for practicality, performance and all-wheel drive experience in a compact Sports Utility Vehicle.