IN 2019, BMW will launch new performance variants of multiple X series models, with a new X3 M and X4 M on the way, along with the X2 M35i and a super powerful iPerformance X5 plug-in hybrid.
The high-performance character so typical of BMW automobiles will be passed on to two further BMW X models, with development of the BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M well underway.
Over the weekend, BMW used the Nürburgring circuit as part of its testing and tuning programme for the specific overall M package comprising drive system, suspension and aerodynamics.
With large air intakes at the front, specific M features for optimised aerodynamics and an exhaust system with four tailpipes integrated into the rear apron, the vehicles already bear the characteristics of a BMW M model even at this early stage.
The technological highlight of both cars is a newly developed straight six-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-revving characteristics, with the same specific tuning introduced in the new BMW M5.
Set to arrive much sooner, is the new X2 M35i, powered by a 225kW 4-cylinder turbo charged engine, pushing out 450Nm of torque through an 8-speed automatic transmission with launch control.
The automatic gearbox has specific M Performance tuning and helps the SUV with the polarising look to a 0-100km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds. In typical M Performance fashion, it has specifically tuned suspension.
A particularly technical highlight is the M Sport Differential installed in the front axle gear, while upgraded brakes also feature, along with improved steering and stiffer springs. It’s also been lowered.
A host of cutting edge technological add-ons are also available as optional extras, including wireless Apple CarPlay, a state-of-the-art HUD, and new camera-based driver assistant systems, including traffic jam assist and a new parking assist.
Not to be outdone, the big brother to all of these new models, the X5, has a new family member; the combination of performance and electric power bought together to create the new X5 xDrive45e iPerformance.
The new edition combines a plug-in hybrid drive with a powerful in-line twin turbo 6-cylinder petrol engine with the very latest BMW eDrive technology to create a 290kW performance model with an electrically powered range now reaching up to 80 kilometres.
The new BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance offers optimised qualities in terms of both driving dynamics and efficiency, and does the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds – more than one second faster than the previous model.
The top speed when driving on electric power alone is increased from 120 to 140 km/h (overall top speed – 235km/h), and the combined engine and electric motor push out a thumping 600Nm of torque.
More details, local availability, and pricing will be released closer to the launch of each of the newly announced models.