2022 BMW X3 M and X4 M Competition: What’s new and what we’re looking forward to
Australians love their performance SUVs, and BMW is back with beefed up X3 M and X4 M Competition models.
Australia is one of the leading markets for BMW when it comes to performance SUVs. So the German brand is bringing two updated models to Australian shores in Q4 2021, a move that's likely to be popular from Broome to Bankstown.
Here are the key new features for the new BMW range.
2022 BMW X3 M and X4 M Competition highlights
- More torque. Pop the hood of either of these models and you will find a three-litre twin-turbocharged inline-six petrol engine. During the refinement of the 2022 model, BMW engineers have managed to extract an extra 50Nm of torque, meaning the unit now produces 650Nm and 375kW of power. It retains the existing eight-speed automatic but gets a new lightweight forged crankshaft from the M3 and M4 models. With power going to all 4 wheels thanks to BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system, it will do the dash to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds. That makes it 0.1 seconds slower than the BMW M4 Convertible, also due for release in late 2021.
- Racetrack-proven cooling system. BMW has developed the in-line six-cylinder engine with a cooling system that can handle extremely high levels of output. It includes three radiators as well as separate engine oil and transmission oil coolers, which should offer better performance.
- It’s lighter. Along with the new crankshaft, weight has been shaved from other areas of the 2022 X3 M and X3 M Competition. New 21-inch M forged wheels save 2 kilograms per wheel. We all know lighter means faster, but they look sharp too.
- Stopping power. Sitting behind the lighter rims are meaty BMW M compound brakes, which can be had in blue, high-gloss black and, if you ask nicely, red is available upon request.
- M exhaust system. The sports exhaust system fitted to the 2022 X3 M and X4 M Competition models allows you to select how you want the car to sound thanks to integrated flaps that adjust to alter its growl. BMW says it produces a booming soundtrack when you bury your foot through it.
- M adaptive suspension. Both models get a tailored suspension tune. The adaptive suspension system includes electronically controlled dampers that allow each wheel to offer continuously different amounts of damping thanks to electromagnetically controlled valves within each.
- Updated looks. A larger BMW kidney grille has been fitted, despite the car community's mixed feelings about the new 4-series. With that said, it is much more subdued than the Coupe. At the front, there are also BMW laserlights, capable of illuminating the road up to 650 meters ahead, while new side air intakes add to the X3 and X4 M Competition's striking new looks.
- Driving Assistant Professional. For the first time, BMW's Driving Assistant Professional system will be included in the performance models. The system increases the number of autonomous features available to drivers and includes emergency lane assist, improved autonomous steering and lane guidance as well as improved adaptive cruise control functionality for around the city. When behind the wheel, a 3D environment visualisation gives you an overview of what systems are active as identifying objects around you.
- Remote software upgrades. Technology constantly changes and improves, as illustrated by the updated driving aids above. BMW has included "over-the-air" remote software updates for the 2022 BMW X3 M and X4 M competition models.
- BMW Live Cockpit Professional. As part of this package, mounted front and centre of the dash is a 12.3-inch touchscreen loaded with BMW OS7. It can be operated by touch, through BMWs iDrive rotary dial input or through voice commands with the help from your BMW assistant. The digital cluster also measures the same and not only can that display be customised, but so can the head-up display.
When will the 2022 BMW X3 M and X4 M Competition be available in Australia?
If the year keeps going as quickly as it currently is, they will be here in no time with BMW saying these new models will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2021. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but we'll keep you updated as more information arises.