BMW released the first pictures of the 2020 X3 M and X4 M back in September, but now we’re getting our first undisguised glimpse of the X3 M.
Revealed by the crossover’s iDrive infotainment system, the image shows the upcoming production model will have an aggressive front fascia with a black twin kidney grille. Bigger changes occur further below as the high-performance crossover has a front new bumper with large air intakes that feature honeycomb mesh inserts. We can also see a black bar above the central air intake as well as scoops out near the outer edges.
Moving further back, designers installed front fender vents and sportier side skirts. The model has also been equipped with aerodynamic mirror caps, five-spoke alloy wheels and shadow line trim around the windows. Last but not least, the roof rails have been removed to improve aerodynamics.
While the images only show the front three quarters of the X3 M, previous spy photos have revealed the model will have a modified rear bumper and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system. The crossover will also have a unique rear spoiler and what appears to be a small diffuser.
Besides giving us an undisguised glimpse the X3 M, the latest round of photos reveals the crossover’s digital instrument cluster. Boasting digital X3 M badging, the cluster has a speedometer that tops out at 205 mph (330 km/h). However, it’s doubtful the model will be actually be able to outdo the McLaren 600LT Spider.
BMW has been tight-lipped about performance specifications, but the company has already confirmed the X3 M will have a “newly developed straight six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-revving characteristics.” Given the latest rumors about the 2020 BMW M3, the X3 M could have a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six that develops up to 474 hp (353 kW / 480 PS).
The engine will likely be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an M xDrive all-wheel drive system that is similar to the one used on the M5. BMW has already confirmed the latter and promised the model will have “maximum traction” as well as “extremely dynamic handling characteristics.” Other performance features will include an active M differential and a sport-tuned suspension.
BMW hasn’t said when or where the model will be unveiled, but the crossover should make an appearance at an auto show later this year.