New BMW XM teased: price, specs and release date
May 16, 2022 by
The new BMW XM is getting closer to production. It’s a 650hp plug-in hybrid SUV that looks set to become one of the quickest, most luxurious and most expensive SUVs on sale when it arrives later this year. Read on for full details.
- New BMW XM teased
- First-ever plug-in hybrid M car
- V8 paired with electric motor
- 650hp and 800Nm of torque
- Eye-popping cabin design
- Production starts in late 2022
- Likely to cost more than £150,000
The new BMW XM is set to go into production at the end of 2022, and it’ll be the first-ever plug-in hybrid M car. It’s packing a hybrid V8 engine with 650hp. That’s more than you get in an Audi RS Q8 and the same as you get in a Lamborghini Urus.
Camouflaged prototypes of the XM have been teased by BMW, and it looks as though it’ll retain the bonkers styling of the concept car (check that car out in Mat’s video, above).
New BMW XM design
The new BMW XM will have a completely unique look compared to any other BMW and it should look similar to the concept car, shown above.
It’ll be about the size of a BMW X7, but with a lot more hard edges and angular surfaces which give it the appearance of a posh armoured truck. Even the wheel arches surrounding the 23-inch rims on the concept are made up of almost completely straight edges.
The XM concept will also feature a new grille style for BMW. It’s huge and comes with a similar light-up LED surround to the one you get on the new 7 Series and i7 electric car.
The slim triangular lamps to each side of these facetted nostrils are the XM’s daytime running lights – the main beams are hidden behind a piece of translucent plastic beneath.
The XM is no less bold at the side, where the concept’s two-tone silver and rose-gold paint scheme is obvious on the panel behind the side windows. Expect the production car to come with a similar iPhone-esque paint job (for a price, of course).
The door handles on the concept are hidden in the black trim strip running up the side of the car, however the prototypes revealed by BMW suggest that these won’t make production.
Instead, it looks like you’ll get lower-mounted flush-fitting handles like the ones on the new BMW i4 electric car.
Things get even more dramatic at the rear. The XM concept has stacked exhaust pipes that look like they’ll make it to the production car.
The concept’s swoopy LED lights wrap around the bootlid and extend a fair way down the side of the car. Look closely and you can just see the outline of these lights on the prototype, below.
The dual laser-etched BMW logos on the rear windscreen of the concept are a nod to the classic BMW M1 supercar – the only other M-exclusive car to come from BMW’s tuning division. These will likely appear on the production car, although the dip in the roof appears less pronounced on the prototype (above.)
New BMW XM engine and performance
The BMW XM is set to be the first-ever plug-in hybrid M car. The concept came with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine and an electric motor that produce a total of 750hp and 1,000Nm of torque. This is going to be reduced slightly in the production version.
BMW has confirmed that the finished XM will have 650hp and 800Nm of torque when it goes on sale. That’s more than you’ll get in an Audi RS Q8 or a Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, and the same as you get in a Lamborghini Urus.
Being a plug-in hybrid, you’ll be able to drive the XM on electric power alone, with a range of 50 miles according to BMW. Handy to know if you live in a congested city.
New BMW XM interior
The new BMW XM Concept’s interior is a weird mix of brand-new tech and old-fashioned materials.
Let’s start with the futuristic stuff – such as the curved infotainment touchscreen with M-exclusive graphics and the carbon-fibre dashboard with strands of copper woven throughout.
The central air vents mimic the shape of the BMW M logo and come backlit in blue, purple and red to match the M logo.
In the midst of all this modern loveliness, why did BMW give the XM seats trimmed in leather from (what looks like) a second-hand armchair
The rear of the concept is even more bizarre than the front, with ‘petrol’ coloured fabric seats and seventies-tastic green shagpile carpets.
BMW’s latest teaser image (below) shows the new XM is set to come with some bold red dashboard trim, but a completely different centre console.
Expect similarly significant changes to take place in the BMW XM’s back seats by the time the finished car goes on sale.
New BMW XM price and release date
BMW has confirmed that production of the new XM will start in December 2022, so the finished car will probably be revealed towards the end of the Summer.
The new BMW XM could end up costing even more than the £140,000 M5 CS (the most expensive BMW on sale) thanks to its brand-new hybrid system and bespoke coupe body.
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