The prototypes were shown in camouflage, with very little given away in terms of their actual performance capabilities.
We do know, however, that both will still utilise BMW’s traditional straight six, in this case a new version with twin-turbocharging that will have to top 265kW/500Nm by a big margin if the already quick X3 M40i is to be outdone, and the M badges are to be justified.
BMW says the xDrive system from the new M5 will also feature in both X3 M and X4 M, “deployed in the BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M to ensure constant supreme and performance-oriented transfer of engine power to all four wheels.
“In interaction with the active M rear axle differential, cornering dynamics, agility and precision in the driving behaviour of the BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M are lifted to a level unrivalled within the competitive environment.”
The two M SUVs feature larger air intakes at the front, and quad-exhaust rear aprons, while other identifiable M design cues are seen in the wing mirror shape, and the use of a lip spoiler above the rear window.
BMW M boss Frank van Meel says the X3 M and X4 M are to “set benchmarks in terms of dynamics in their respective vehicle segment,” meaning they’ll need to be two of the fastest small-medium SUVs around.
In line with BMW’s other M SUVs, a sub 4-second 0-100km/h sprint should be on the cards, though whether they’ll be able to remain under the two-tonne mark is yet to be seen.
We’d be surprised if these vehicles didn’t come to Australia given the crossover of our love of performance cars and the strong SUV market, but MOTOR readers will be kept up to date when confirmations are made.