In the United States, for example, the 3.0-liter plant develops 382 horsepower and 368 pound-feet while European models make do with 360 PS and 500 Nm of torque. The primary reason the performance variant is not as potent in the Old Continent can be summed up as emissions regulations. The European Commission is going to enforce stricter regulations in 2021 for CO2 emissions, and as a result, we don’t expect BMW to level up the output ratings.
Moving on to the X4, the prototype in the photo gallery is a full-on M that shows different graphics for the headlights and a redesigned bumper up front. The taillights also appear somewhat different, but not so much that the mid-cycle update renders the pre-facelift model completely outdated.
As far as suck-squeeze-bang-blow is concerned, there is room for improvement in the case of the X4 M Competition because of the all-new M3 and M4 in Competition spec. More to the point, peak torque will probably be elevated from 442 to 479 pound-feet (600 to 650 Nm). Both prototypes appear to have adopted the larger kidney grilles from the 4 Series, which is curious because there’s no middle ground regarding “the G22 snout.”
Something that BMW also has to take into consideration is the adaptive suspension’s setup for daily driving. Many owners have complained about the choppy ride quality, but then again, these bad boys are doing their best to disguise the curb weight and the inherent dynamic flaws of a tall vehicle.
Inside the facelifted SUVs, you can also expect a redesigned shift knob, center console, and iDrive control dial. Speaking of the infotainment system, you can look forward to the latest version of iDrive 7. As a brief refresher, this operating system was added to the X3 M and X4 M in April 2020.