The recently facelifted BMW X3 range will come to Australia with the high-powered M Competition variant as the headline act.
The 2022 BMW X3 M Competition will hit Australian shores in the fourth quarter of this year, priced from $160,900.
That’s not the only similarity between the X3 M and M3 because this SUV packs the same 3L twin-turbo straight-six under the bonnet that produces 375kW of power and now matches the M3’s torque figure of 650Nm (up 50Nm).
The extra weight of the X3 M means it can’t match the saloon’s standard sprint time, the SUV taking 3.8 seconds to reach 100km/h.
It also shares the same eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission, and M fettled xDrive system, though without the drift-mode available on the lower-slung sports cars.
Apart from the torque bump, the X3 has a new look outside. The 10mm narrower laser headlights add a meaner stare to the SUV and go some way to justify the $3,000 price increase.
The X3 M also gets a new bumper front and rear, new taillights and larger kidney grilles, all to increase the SUV’s menace further. The 21-inch alloy wheels are also fresh for this update.
BMW has also tweaked the options packages for the X3 M Competition. A new rear-seat comfort package adds reclining second-row seats with heating and sunblinds for $2,000. Gesture control and remote engine start are bundled together in the $1,400 Innovation package.
Finally, an extra carbon exterior package brings a carbon strut brace, carbon mirror caps for $2,500. BMW M does not offer the M4‘s $16,000 carbon ceramic brakes as an option for the X3 M.
For the midlife facelift, BMW swapped the analogue gauges for a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display. The 10.25-inch touchscreen now runs BMW’s latest iDrive operating system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
A harman/kardon premium stereo is standard, as is navigation, three-zone climate control, head-up display, power tailgate and a panoramic sunroof.
As standard, the X3 M Competition features extended Merino leather upholstery in a host of colours – including Sakhir orange or more subdued options like black and beige. There is also a choice of mixed Alcantara and Merino leather for a sportier feel.
The 2022 BMW X3 M Competition will hit dealers towards the end of this year from $160,900 plus on-road costs.
Prices listed are before on-road costs.
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