For a hefty SUV, the BMW XM can generate a thunderous 644-horsepower overall, churning out 590 ft-lb of torque as early as within the 1,600 to 5,000 RPM range. This powerful performance is thanks to an 8-speed tiptronic transmission and a hybrid V8 set-up similar to that powering BMW M’s competition racecars. The XM will also be the first M model to feature Integral Active Steering, which allows crab-like driving maneuvers for quicker turn response and more secure lane switches.
On the inside, the muscly hybrid blends together materials like vintage Merino leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber trims. Its exclusive rear seats -– dubbed the “M Lounge” –- can accommodate three people, and features an illuminated 3D pattern cabin roof. The BMW XM also includes dynamic mood lighting as well, with the help of 100 LEDs that can also pulsate during potential collisions and incoming phone calls.
The BMW iDrive 8 system returns to compliment a sizable curved infotainment display, and there’s also adaptive headlights and M suspension, a head-up display, BMW’s IconicSounds audio system for EVs, and 23-inch wheels all coming as standard. That’s not so say BMW’s notoriously optional heated seats will be included: they’re actually part of an optional package, though they do at least include the side panels as well as the seat backrests and base.
Pricing for the 2023 BMW XM will start at $159,000, with first production expected by the end of 2022. Meanwhile, an even faster, 735-bhp Label Red variant carrying an over $185,000 price tag is planned for 2023.