The First-Ever BMW XM
The new BMW XM, the first high-performance car from BMW M GmbH with an electrified drive system, brings together cutting-edge drive system technology with a spectacular vehicle concept. The high-performance Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is powered by a newly developed plug-in hybrid system delivering 653hp and 800Nm of torque to sprint 0-62MPH in just 4.3 seconds*.
The M HYBRID system in the BMW XM consists of a new V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. Power is channelled to the road via the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. This combination produces immense power throughout the rev range, resulting in exhilarating performance, as well as a pure-electric driving range of 51 – 55 miles*.
Searing performance is complemented by a bold and visually striking exterior design, a luxurious interior that showcases the ‘M Lounge’ concept, plus the very latest technology and connectivity advancements from BMW.
The BMW XM shares its drive concept with the newly developed endurance racing car from BMW M Motorsport. The BMW M Hybrid V8 will go racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in North America in 2023, and will power BMW M Motorsport’s return to the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2024.
New V8 engine with traditional high-revving concept
At the heart of the M HYBRID drive system is a new, high-revving V8 engine with cutting-edge M TwinPower Turbo technology. The extensively updated, 4.4-litre engine features a reinforced crankshaft drive, further developed turbocharging mounted close to the exhaust manifold with an electrically controlled blow-off valve, a new vane-type oil pump and a weight-minimised plastic oil sump. An optimised oil separation process with variable impactor enhances the engine’s emissions performance.
The new V8 engine stands out with its appetite for revs and relentless power across a wide engine speed band. The 650Nm of peak torque generated by the combustion engine alone is on tap from 1,600-5,000rpm, with maximum output of 489hp at 5,400rpm, making it the largest contributor to the total output of 653hp and 800Nm of torque. The drive system can hit a maximum 7,200rpm. The M HYBRID drive system in the BMW XM delivers an overall output of 480 kW/653 hp (generated by the combination of the combustion engine with up to 360 kW/489 hp and the electric drive system with up to 145 kW/197 hp). The BMW XM sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds, accompanied by an energy-charged soundtrack of rare emotional appeal for an eight-cylinder unit.
Power delivery is accompanied by distinctive acoustics governed by two electronically controlled flaps in the sports exhaust system; the engaging sound is also channelled into the cabin via the audio system.
Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology
The interplay between the combustion engine and electric motor is controlled by the M HYBRID system’s power electronics. For example, intelligent energy management allows the battery charge level to be regulated so that the final stretch of a long journey can be covered using only electric power.
Combined Charging Unit with predictive heat management
The Combined Charging Unit of the M HYBRID system enables AC charging at up to 7.4kW, replenishing the battery from 0 to 100% in 4.25 hours. The Combined Charging Unit also acts as a voltage transformer to supply the 12V electrical system. Predictive heat management reduces charging times by warming or cooling the battery, using a variety of data to calculate the temperature at which the high-voltage battery can be charged at maximum power for the longest possible time.
The charging socket on the BMW XM has a sensor that measures the temperature at the plug contacts to detect possible overheating at an early stage, and includes a handy light so that customers can easily hook up their car in the dark. A stylish storage bag for the charging cable is made exclusively for the BMW XM and secured in the boot area using a crash-protective carabiner-belt combination.
Unparalleled vehicle concept, innovative design language
The exterior dimensions of the BMW XM underscore its impressive visual impact. The car’s body is 5,110mm in length, and its wheelbase measures 3,105mm. At 2,005mm, the BMW XM is wider than any other model in BMW’s model range, and it stands 1,755mm tall.
Alongside the fresh interpretation of the twin headlights and BMW M kidney grille, the large front air intakes are a defining feature of the BMW XM. The sensor and camera systems for the driver assistance tech are integrated discreetly into the front apron.
The two elements of the BMW M kidney grille stand out from the surrounding surfaces. The outer border of each kidney is gold in colour, while the inner surround provides contour lighting in the form of a – for the first time, unbroken – light ring. The surface design of the sculpted bonnet also picks up on the contours of the BMW M kidney grille. Out of this emerges sharply cut flanks, a pair of power domes and a central indent, at the front of which is the BMW logo.
Dynamic silhouette, distinctive accents with historical references
The long bonnet and stretched passenger cell of the BMW XM form a distinctive two-box design. The raked windscreen and long rearward swooping roofline emphasise the coupé-like character. Its sporting aura is accentuated by a side window graphic that tapers towards the rear, bordered by a gold-coloured accent band. This feature with historical references brings a distinctive flourish to the sides of the car.
Muscular rear end with bold design features
Another nod to the BMW M1 can be found at the rear. There is a notable indent at the rear of the BMW XM’s roof and BMW logos have been engraved into the rear window. A special laser engraving technique ensures the logos stand out against the dark glass surface. Their arrangement recalls the BMW roundels positioned at the rear end of the legendary BMW M1.
Over 50 BMW Individual special paint finishes to be available
Seven paint shades are available, including a stylish BMW Individual finish, with further options expected to be added to the selection in summer 2023. Customers will then also be able to choose from more than 50 BMW Individual special paint finishes.
The BMW XM can be ordered as an option with BMW Individual high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim with extended features, applying Black high-gloss to the accent band along the sides of the car, the BMW M kidney grille’s outer border and the surrounds for the diffuser elements.
Production of the BMW XM will begin in December 2022, with the worldwide market launch getting underway in spring 2023. Prices in the UK start from £144,980.