BMW Boosts Output of 2020 X3 and X4 M40i

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
bmw boosts output of 2020 x3 and x4 m40i

There has been plenty of talk regarding BMW’s plan to gently boost the power figures of select M models. The crossover segment is getting crowded and rival automakers are upping the ante to offer desirable alternatives. Ford’s Edge has often felt a bit too expensive for mainstream tastes but, when optioned correctly, seemed the perfect bargain remedy for BMW’s X3. The 355-hp Edge ST further encouraged this mindset by matching the M40i’s output at a fraction of the price.

It’s hardly the only option, either. Dodge will happily show you a 360-horsepower Durango R/T while Jeep fits you for a Grand Cherokee using the same motor. Regardless of your final decision, both undercut BMW’s pricing by a wide margin — forcing you to spend more if you want comparable might from Germany. As a result, BMW plans to spruce up the powertrains going into the 2020 BMW X3 and X4 M40i xDrive.

Speaking to Motor Authority, BMW spokesman Oleg Satanovsky confirmed the 2020 M550i sedan’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 will get a boost — going from its current 456 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque to 523 hp and 553 lb-ft. Meanwhile, M40i variants of the X3/X4 will see outputs increase from 355 hp to 382 hp in 2020.

The revamp is subtler than the M550i’s 4.4-liter V8 — which receives upsized turbo chargers, a new block, fresh intake manifold, reinforced pistons, higher fuel pressures and more — by focusing mainly on adding boost, revised engine management protocols, and an upgraded exhaust system. Overall, BMW’s 3.0-liter I6 should see overall output increase by around 5 percent next year.

From Motor Authority:

The X3 and X4 M40i use an engine found in many 40i-branded BMWs, including the 540i, X6, 740i, and 840i, although those vehicles don’t get the same power bump for 2020. The 2020 Z4 M40i and 2020 M340i have power ratings similar to the 2020 versions of the X3 and X4 M40i.

It should be noted that these models also received price increases, though that is at least partially due to additional equipment. The base price for the M550i increased by $2,200, and it now includes equipment changes such as an active rear differential and heated seats. The prices for the X3 and X4 M40i rose $1,250 and $550, respectively, and also include small equipment changes.

That still works out to MSRPs of over $56,000 (X3) and $61,000 (X4) for those seeking the M40i variants. We doubt it’ll be enough to sway bargain hunters who probably aren’t seriously eyeballing the brand anyway. Still, it may encourage some to make a meaningful jump up the trim ladder, especially if they’ve been considering something less flashy and more powerful from the beginning. It also helps M40i models come across as more competitive against the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, which also boosted output to 385 horsepower for 2020.

[Image: BMW Group]

Join the conversation
6 of 21 comments
  • GoNavy99 GoNavy99 on Dec 10, 2019

    Use of the term "output" in the headline honestly implies an increase in production volume.

  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Dec 10, 2019

    X3 M40i might be my next vehicle. I’d be afraid a Dodge or Jeep would turn into a rattle trap 5 years out. My 07 X5 is still as solid as a bank vault after 95K miles.

    • See 2 previous
    • Pete Zaitcev Pete Zaitcev on Dec 10, 2019

      @Master Baiter We mostly use X3 to haul trees. It works, although a tarp is mandatory. Vacuuming the interior of X3 is an ordeal. It is practical up to about 220 cm (or 7 ft), with the root bulb in the front seat. X3 has roof rails, but you need to buy aftermarket cross bars. It can also tow, if that works better for you. In fact, the idea of X3 came to mind when I saw two old women pull up in one to the materials yard. The harness is set for both 7-pin and 4-pin connectors, and you can add a brake controller. Others sometimes ask me why I don't just use a real truck. Well... 30 mpg when not towing, and it actually was cheaper. No, really.

  • VoGhost I'm clearly in the minority here, but I think this is a smart move. Apple is getting very powerful, and has slowly been encroaching on the driving experience over the last decade. Companies like GM were on the verge of turning into mere hardware vendors to the Apple brand. "Is that a new car; what did you get?" "I don't remember. But it has the latest Apple OS, which is all I care about." Taking back the driving experience before it was too late might just be GM's smartest move in a while.
  • VoGhost Can someone Christian explain to me what this has to do with Jesus and bunnies?
  • Del My father bought GM cars in the 60's, but in 1971 he gave me a used Datsun (as they were called back then), and I'm now in my 70's and am happy to say that GM has been absent from my entire adult life. This article makes me gladder than ever.
  • TheEndlessEnigma That's right GM, just keep adding to that list of reasons why I will never buy your products. This, I think, becomes reason number 69, right after OnStar-Cannot-Be-Disabled-And-It-Comes-Standard-Whether-Or-Not-You-Want-It and Screw-You-American-Car-Buyer-We-Only-Make-Trucks-And-SUVs.
  • 3SpeedAutomatic Does this not sound and feel like the dawn of ICE automobiles in the early 20th century, but at double or triple speed speed!!There were a bunch of independent car markers by the late 1910’s. By the mid 20’s, we were dropping down to 10 or 15 producers as Henry was slashing the price of the Model T. The Great Depression hit, and we are down to the big three and several independents. For EVs, Tesla bolted out of the gate, the small three are in a mad dash to keep up. Europe was caught flat footed due to the VW scandal. Lucid, Lordstown, & Rivian are scrambling to up production to generate cash. Now the EV leader has taken a page from the Model T and is slashing prices putting the rest of the EV market in a tail spin. Deja vu……