In 2019, BMW M will introduce its first ever M product based on the X3 Sports Activity Vehicle. The powerful midsize SUV has been often spied during its regular test runs, which led to the following renderings. Like with most M designs, the front end and rear-end is where the magic happens. The front fascia gets the typical M design cues with large air intakes, sculpted fins on the lower part of the bumper and the massive “mouth” in the center. In the back, the X3 M will gain a unique diffuser which is surrounded by the also typical twin double exhaust pipes. The rear bumper also gets sculpted more than the regular X3 models while the X3 M badge on the boot reminds us of the power found under the hood.
Powering the BMW F97 X3 M will likely be a tuned version of BMW’s B58 3.0 liter turbocharged I6, dubbed S58, and it will likely get two turbochargers rather than one. We’re hearing a power output of around 450 hp, which is enormous considering that the 355 hp M40i version gets to 60 mph in the mid-four second range. We won’t be surprised if the X3 M nails 60 mph in under four seconds.
According to a report from Motor.es, the first X3 M will get a Competition Package just like the BMW M4 and upcoming M5. It’s said that the Competition Package will increase power, as well as sharpen up the handling of the X3 M. We’re hearing that the future Competition Package version could make 475 hp.
Along with the X3 M, BMW will also debut the F98 X4 M next year, following the same path of M SUVs as the X5 M and X6 M models.