BMW’s next X3 midsized SUV range might see the introduction of a powered-up ‘M’ version, according to reports out of Europe.
Germany’s Focus is reporting that the new X3 M will be powered by a 3.0 litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine making around 373kW.
This is significantly more than the 317kW (and 550Nm) on offer in the likely donor source for the six-cylinder engine in question: the M3/M4’s 3.0 litre twin-turbo unit.
This isn’t the first time a BMW X3 M has been suggested, with the German press claiming an M version with M3 power was a done deal over 18 months ago.
Other engines in the new X3 range could include a plug-in hybrid with a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 183kW, attached to an electric engine making 71kW.
The new PHEV model could feature a combined peak output of 224kW and 700Nm, and should also boast an electric-only range of around 50km with an official fuel figure around 3.8 l/100km.
Also reportedly on-board for the new X3 is a new M40i variant, powered by a 3.0 litre twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine making 269kW (seating it neatly below the X3 M in the range).
Regular petrol and diesel engines will also certainly form part of the next X3 (and X4) range, with the all-new model due to appear in overseas showrooms from 2017. Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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