The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is about to get some stiff competition.
For the first time in both model’s history, the BMW X3 and X4 are getting the full-on M performance treatment. BMW previewed the pair of high-performance crossovers back in September by giving us a glimpse at some camouflaged prototypes, but a new video released by the automaker on Facebook suggests the official reveal is imminent.
While the video only gives us fleeting glimpses of the X3 M and X4 M, BMW confirmed the world debut of both models is "coming soon.”
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner, so the timing seems right for the world debut to take place at the show in March, although both models could also be revealed online before the event.
In fact, the BMW X3 M recently broke cover online earlier than expected thanks to leaked photos of the digital instrument cluster showing the high-performance crossover's front design completely undisguised.
As expected, the new M variant looks more aggressive than the X3 M40i, sporting a new front bumper with large air intakes, front fender vents, black M-style side mirrors, and more prominent side skirts, as well as sporty alloy wheels with a five-spoke design. Previous spy shots have also shown it will also have a modified rear bumper, a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system, and a more aggressive rear spoiler.
Rumors suggest the standard X3 M variant will offer at least 450 horsepower, and a hardcore Competition version could increase the output to as much as 500 hp. Both the X3 M and X4 M will also be offered with BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system.
Expect the power bump to also improve the performance of both crossovers. The X3 M40i, for example, needs 4.6 seconds to sprint from 0-62 mph, so the extra horsepower should reduce that time by a few tenths of a second. Top speed will likely be limited to 155 mph, but an M Driver’s package could increase that figure. An online reveal for the BMW X3 M and X4 M could happen later this month before the Geneva Motor Show kicks off in March.