Major changes to I6 mean more shove
Inside gets latest version of iDrive
To go with a refresh of the standard BMW X3 and X4 for 2022, the Bavarians are updating the M versions as well. The 3.0L twin-turbo I6 engines deliver more torque in both standard and Competition versions thanks to significant improvements. The models get some new styling and tech upgrades as well.
Since the BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M are all about performance, we’ll start with the upgrades to the S58 inline-six. They now get the forged crankshaft from the M3 and M3 that can handle more torque and allow higher revs. The core of the new cylinder head is made through 3D printing, allowing geometric shapes that make it lighter and allow for better coolant flow.
It gives the standard M versions 457 lb-ft of torque to go along with that X’s 473 hp. For Competition versions, peak torque is up to 479 lb-ft, with the 503 hp unchanged, increases of 13 lb-ft and 37 lb-ft respectively. Acceleration gets a couple of 10ths quicker to 100 km/h as a result.
The exterior is upgraded with new LED headlights that get a bit more angry than last year’s. As is the new normal for BMW, the kidney grills have grown. The taillights add some more of that newfound anger as well.
Inside, in addition to some slight cosmetic changes, the M models get a new cloud-based navigation system with upgraded connectivity. There is also a new personal assistant, as in the lower grades. The physical controls have been redesigned and there are two new buttons as well as a red engine start.
US prices for the two are unchanged, starting from $69,900 for the X3 M and $73,400 for X4 M so expect Canadian prices to stay similarly level. The M-pair is expected to hit dealers in September.