The BMW Group’s high-performance BMW M division has revealed the XM – the division’s first vehicle to feature an electrified drive system. The PHEV builds on the division’s Concept XM SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) initially revealed by the Group in 2021. The unveiling of the XM works similarly to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the M brand.
At the center of the SAV’s offering is its M Hybrid Drive system, which provides a total system output of 653 hp (480 kW) – with the engine delivering up to 489 hp (360 kW) and the electric drive system generating up to 197 hp (145 kW). Underpinning the system is a newly-developed V8 combustion engine with the brand’s M TwinPower Turbo technology, which is mated to an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. The setup enables the PHEV to achieve a 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) time of 4.3 seconds, an electronically capped top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), and a maximum torque of 590 lb-ft (800 Nm).
Through its M Hybrid button, customers can experience the XM through three Drive Modes: Hybrid, Electric, and eControl. The driving experience can be further personalized by pressing the Setup button, which enables the settings of several vehicle systems to be customized. In its all-electric mode, the drive system enables zero-emissions cruising at speeds up to 87 mph (140 km/h) along a distance of 51 to 55 miles (82 to 88 kilometers). Here power is supplied from a 29.5 kWh (of which 25.7 kWh is usable) lithium-ion battery pack mounted into the PHEV’s underbody. This battery accepts AC charging at up to 7.4 kW, taking it less than 3.5 hours to fully recharge.
Inside, the XM’s infotainment system is spearheaded by a brand-specific version of iDrive and BMW Live Cockpit Professional. This system integrates the 12.3-inch BMW Curved Display with a 14.9-inch central control display and runs on BMW Operating System 8. In supplying BMW gesture control and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant as standard, the OEM expects this setup to encourage user interactions based around touch operation, gesture controls, and natural voice commands. The vehicle’s physical controls can be seen in the iDrive controller and multifunction buttons on the steering wheel, both of which come as standard.
Further standard infotainment equipment includes BMW Maps, BMW’s cloud-based navigation system, the BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific readouts, a surround sound system from Harman Kardon and a wireless charging tray for compatible smartphones. Customers can also choose from an array of optional technologies for the XM, including Digital Key Plus, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a 5G eSIM, and a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System featuring a 1,500-watt amplifier and four additional speakers in the roof area.
A wide array of standard and optional safety equipment will be provided with the XM at launch. The standard ADAS suite is offered through a Driving Assistant, which includes Front Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning (including lane return with steering assistance), an Evasion Assistant, Alertness Assistant and a Speed Limit Info system. Supporting this equipment is Parking Assistant Plus – in addition to the Reversing Assistant that includes Parking View, front and rear Panorama View, and 3D View functions. Optional ADAS are offered in Driving Assistant Professional, which offers features such as Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go, a Steering and Lane Control Assistant, traffic light recognition, automatic Speed Limit Assist, and Active Navigation.
Production on the XM is expected to commence at the BMW Group’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina from December 2022, ahead of a Spring 2023 release. At launch, it will be priced from $159,000 (excluding a $995 destination and handling fee). Following this release, BMW M will roll out BMW XM Label Red – a premium variant targeting a Fall 2023 launch. Priced from $185,000, the variant’s drive system will be capable of outputting a combined 748 bhp (550 kW) and provide a maximum torque of 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm).