BMW has taken wraps off its new plug-in hybrid performance SUV, the XM. It will sit on top of BMW’s lineup and is the first BMW M specific model since the BMW M1 sportscar.
Powering the XM is a combination of a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor with a combined output of 653HP and 800NM. Driving the wheels is an 8 speed “Steptronic” transmission. It achieves 0-100Kmph in 4.3 seconds with a top speed limited to 250Kmph.
The XM can also go up to the speeds of 140Kmph on Pure EV mode with claimed electric-only range standing at a claimed 88Kms. A 7.4kW charger can be put on duty for faster charging capability. An AWD system is also standard with an M Sport rear differential.
A high performance XM Label Red version is also coming soon with even better performance with upto 748HP and 1000NM of torque.
Notable elements in the exteriors include massive 21 inch light-alloy wheels which can be upgraded to optional 23 inchers. You also get a massive kidney-grille with gold surrounds and split headlamps. The design overall is quite aggressive with sharp creases and cuts all along.
Inside, the XM gets many specific and distinct touches such as shift lights, a curved display, knee pads, heated backrests and more. BMW is also offering a special headliner with 100 LEDs embedded into it with a 3D prism structure. A Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with a 1500W amplifier does music duties inside. An optional BMW Digital Key Plus is also offered which enables locking and unlocking via an iPhone app. A special variant with an all black theme is also on the cards.
Production will start in December this year BMW’s facility in Spartanburg, USA with deliveries starting by spring 2023. The XM is mainly aimed towards the UAE, China and US markets. The XM will compete with rivals such as the Tesla Model X Plaid, Lamborghini Urus and Ferrari Purosangue among others.
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