An official debut should happen any day now.
The BMW X3 and its coupe-like sibling, the X4, will soon be receiving a facelift. These SUVs are hot sellers for the German marque so it's been little surprise that leaked photos of the X3 have shown that BMW hasn't messed too much with a winning formula. Coinciding with the updated X3 and X4 will be the reveal of the high-performance X3 M and X4 M. The X3 M has already been spied earlier this year and now BMW has teased these SUV twins in a new Instagram video. A few screenshots from the video give us another look at some of the design details.
The teaser video displays the clean design of the new headlights with Laserlight technology, although this may be an optional extra. They have a similar LED daytime running light shape to the lights found on the facelifted 5 Series sedan. The rest of the video mostly features the X3 M and X4 M involved in a high-speed chase that looks like something out of a Bond film. Obviously, BMW doesn't want you to forget their dynamic capabilities. In the interior, there are some flashes of the Live Cockpit Professional, BMW's name for its digital gauge cluster. It has a similar style to that of the latest M3 and M4.
Another shot shows the M gear shift lever surrounded by numerous buttons for the driving modes as well as the usual iDrive rotary dial. A larger infotainment touchscreen is expected along with the usual M touches dotted around the cabin. We don't expect anything to change mechanically which is hardly an issue considering that the 3.0-liter turbo-six engine produces a phenomenal 473 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, and that's before upgrading to the even more powerful Competition model. It would be fantastic if BMW tweaked the suspension, though, which is simply too stiff. A launch date hasn't yet been announced with BMW merely saying that the new M SUV twins "are on their way".