The sporty SUV introduces changes and not only aesthetics but also mechanical. In the roadmap, BMW is planning a complete update of the X3, which is just to show, just in time for MY2022, in which no lack of performance-based version of the German SUV: the X3 M. The current model has been on the market since 2017 and continues to be one of the best-selling SUVs in the segment, although a small percentage of those sales correspond to the high-performance variant. The German brand wants to continue taking care of that minority group of customers and the best proof is with the update that the sports SUV has just received.
Tested in the Green Hell
A few months ago our spies sent us some images in which we could see a camouflaged example of the BMW X3 M 2021, but it is no longer necessary to resort to those photographs to discover the changes introduced by the German brand. If we start with aesthetics, it is worth noting the presence of modified headlights and a larger and more muscular kidney-shaped grille that adapts the sports SUV to the design philosophy seen in its older brothers of the brand's X series. The front air intakes have also been revised for a cleaner appearance, while at the rear the main modifications are found with the new taillights and a bumper that integrates the usual four tailpipes.
Regarding the interior, the X3 M features electrically adjustable sports seats and an illuminated M logo, Merino leather upholstery in four different color combinations, as well as novel accent moldings, not to mention a specific steering wheel with contrasting stitching that showcases The colors of the M division. As regards the multimedia system, the X3 M 2021 benefits from a complete integration of the BMW OS 7.0 infotainment architecture, as well as being equipped with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional digital instrument cluster. The finishing touch comes with audio equipment signed by Harman Kardon.
The BMW X3 M Competition features the M sports exhaust system as standard.
Changes under the hood
In the mechanical section, no changes were expected, or at least that is what our spies told us, but it turns out that there have been since the turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine and 3.0 liters of displacement now have the forged crankshaft of the M3 and M4. This has allowed the block to lose unwanted inertia - it rises before laps - at the same time that it is now able to digest more torque so that the BMW X3 M Competition now develops 650 Nm - an increase of 50 Nm - with the same 510 horsepower. Thanks to this performance improvement, the sporty SUV is capable of reaching 100 km / h in just 3.8 seconds, that is, it is three-tenths faster than before. The maximum speed is limited to 250 km / h, but with the optional M Driver's Package, it can be increased to 285 km / h.
The one in charge of digesting all that energy is an 8-speed M Steptronic automatic gearbox that is accompanied by paddles behind the steering wheel and by a new M gear selector on the center console. Its best ally is the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system with a clear bias towards the rear axle since it only directs part of the engine torque to the front axle when the rear wheels reach their limits of power transmission. In addition, with the push of a button, the driver can influence not only the operation of the stability control but also the distribution of engine torque between the two axles.
Arrives in summer
The updated BMW X3 M will hit dealerships in August and prices have yet to be released. What we do know is that when it lands in the brand's showrooms, it will be accompanied by an M adaptive suspension, M Servotronic electromechanical steering, high-performance M brakes, and 21-inch wheels mounted on 255 / size tires. 40 ZR21 front and 265/40 ZR21 rear. As an option, the brand offers new forged units that save 2 kilos of weight per wheel.