BMW has unveiled the 2022 X3 M and X4 M, refreshed with design changes, updated technology, and most importantly for enthusiasts, an increase in torque in both the regular and Competition variants.

The X3 M and X4 M were released as all-new models for 2020. The 2022 models will go on sale in September 2021, with Canadian pricing announced closer to launch.

Both models use a twin-turbocharged 3.0L in-line-six engine. For 2021, the M models make 473 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, but for 2022, that’ll be retuned to 457 lb-ft. The Competition models currently make 503 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, but that latter number will rise to 479 lb-ft for the 2022 models.

Internally, the engine now receives a lightweight, forged crankshaft used in the M3 and M4, along with coated cylinder walls to reduce weight and friction loss, and a cylinder-head core made with 3D-printing, reducing weight and optimizing cooling.

BMW said the higher torque numbers reduce the Competition models’ 0-to-100 km/h time to 3.8 seconds, shaving off 0.3 seconds.

Style-wise, the two models receive a larger grille with single-piece frame, thinner adaptive LED headlamps, and larger bumper openings for better cooling to the engine, transmission, and brakes.

The X3 M uses a body-colour roof spoiler, while the X4 M has a high-gloss black rear spoiler that can be optioned to a carbon-fibre-reinforced spoiler. The X3 M gets redesigned full-LED taillights with a black border, while the X4 M gets a new rear bumper. Eight exterior colours will be available, including new shades of black, grey, blue, and yellow.

Inside, the updated models get redesigned centre console controls, new services through the iDrive 7 infotainment screen, and improved integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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