BMW XM – the most powerful production model from the performance brand

The BMW XM will not only be the performance brand’s first plug-in hybrid, but also the most powerful road-legal production vehicle from BMW M. Production is scheduled to begin in December 2022 in the USA. In the spring of 2023, the XM will be launched on the market worldwide.

The youngest member of the M family definitely has many innovations and details and functions that have never been seen before in the BMW performance segment.

Optics: Modern meets history

In terms of design, BMW relies on a few elements and allusions to the legendary M1. For example, the XM comes with a gold accent band on the side – based on the black side bar of the M1. Also the two engraved BMW logos at the rear of the electrified SUV look familiar.


Narrow lights, fat grill and standard 21-inch and optionally up to 23-inch rims.

The golden accents are repeated on the front of the XM: the double kidney is edged in gold and features surrounding contour lighting. There are also eye-catching air intakes on the front.

Interior: individual, luxurious and comfortable

Inside, everything is at its finest. And in many ways: The XM will come in four equipment lines. There are also some extravagant details inside. For example the roof liner, which is designed in a three-dimensional prismatic optics and is illuminated with the help of 100 LED units.

But there are also more practical things on board: the BMW comes standard with four-zone automatic air conditioning, a head-up display, two curved displays (12.3 inches and 14.9 inches), Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, multifunction seats , knee pads, a leather steering wheel and a Harman Kardon sound system. The latter can be exchanged for the Bowers and Wilkins Diamond sound system as an option – and at an additional cost.


M multifunction seats, knee pads, a model-specific M leather steering wheel, curved display and more are part of the standard equipment.

In addition, the XM has the largest number of different driver assistance systems that has ever existed in an M series vehicle. These include evasive assistance, an attention assistant, active cruise control and Parking Assistant Plus, which includes a panoramic view at the rear and front and a 3D view.

Engine: electrified and powerful

In addition to all the luxury in the interior, the question still remains: what can the engine, chassis and co do? The XM drives with a newly developed 4.4-liter V8 petrol engine with TwinTurbo technology. And of course – as a PHEV – with the support of an electric motor. The BMW has a system output of 480 kW (653 hp) and a maximum torque of 800 Nm. The performance model also comes with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. The XM is said to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a leisurely 4.3 seconds.


For the first time in a BMW M model: stacked, hexagonal twin tailpipes with electrically controlled, continuously variable flaps.

The Munich driver can be driven in three different driving modes: Hybrid, eControl and Electric. With the latter, the XM can be driven emission-free up to 140 km/h. The electric range should be 82 to 88 kilometers. This is ensured by a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 25.7 kWh.

Chassis: Adjustment at the push of a button

With a simple push of a button, you can access the configuration of the drive, chassis, steering, braking system and xDrive on the BMW XM – and also adjust the intensity of braking energy recuperation.

Gold accents on the grille, rear diffuser and sideline emphasize the XM’s beefy shape.

The XM is the first M model to come standard with integral active steering. Besides, that is SUV equipped with an M sports brake system, a double wishbone front axle, a five-link rear axle and electronically controlled shock absorbers.

Label Red: In autumn 2023 there will be a blatant special model

A few months after the XM is launched on the global market, an even more powerful model is expected to arrive. To be more precise: the most powerful BMW M series model with road approval to date. The XM Label Red. The top model has a system output of 550 kW (748 hp) and a maximum torque of 1000 Nm!

Market launch and price of the BMW XM

The base price for the BMW XM is EUR 170,000. The market launch is planned for April 2023.

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