The first-ever BMW XM has been launched in India this week. Developed fully independently, with no conceptual baseline to be found in the BMW model range, it is the first standalone M model since the BMW M1.
The BMW XM is unique, unapologetically forward thinking, and defies traditional norms and conventions. A sure shot head turner, it is a statement vehicle of massive proportions that combines an innovative hybrid drive system, high-performance technology, ultimate luxury and comfort. It has a resolutely unique identity like no other model in the BMW line-up and a combination of electric power from BMW eDrive, the superior handling of xDrive and the uncontested high-performance of M.
The first look of the BMW XM creates an impressive visual impact. Smooth surfaces and sharp edges give it unparalleled confidence. The illuminated M kidney grille, sleek twin LED headlights and large air intakes create a stunning impact. The outer border of each kidney can be opted in gold colour, while the inner surround provides contour lighting in the form of a sharply drawn – and, for the first time, unbroken – light ring. The slim L shaped rear lights are sculpted to strike out and the three diagonal light strips on the flanks reference the style of the BMW M logo and their louvred structure, mimicking the rear of the M1. The hexagonal tailpipe trims are stacked vertically and the 22″ M light alloys add to the mighty monstrous stance. The optional 23″ M light alloys in Night Gold accents take things to the next level. The latest generation of M Sport brakes come in standard black, or optional red/ blue callipers.
The interior sports a performance-focused M cockpit design combined with distinctive BMW X features and a progressive luxury ambience. The new digital curved display harmoniously blends into the cockpit area. The lines and surfaces of the instrument panel, centre console, seats and door trim panels create a powerful geometry that authentically reflects the performance of the BMW XM. The leather steering wheel features M button and shift paddles with carbon inlays and red +/- symbols. The gear selector lever with its distinct cut-out, integrated cascade lighting and console knee pads create the perfect recipe for an intense performance experience.
The multifunction seats offer outstanding lounge-like comfort with a generous feeling of space, high-quality materials and extravagant design. Together with the sculptural, indirectly illuminated headliner, dark windows and comfort cushions in Alcantara create a novel feeling of space. The one-piece seating area and diamond shaped details in the headrest and stitching pattern accentuate the sense of luxury.
The visually striking illuminated headliner of the BMW XM is a three-dimensional prism structure in Alcantara surface and discreet illumination gives the interior a particularly extravagant and progressive flavour. A special highlight is the interior surface in coffee brown vintage leather for the upper sections of the instrument panel and door trim panels in soft nappa leather. Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with 20 speakers and 1,475-watt amplifier, along with illuminated elements generate an absorbingly clear and multi-layered 3D sound experience. Additionally, the four-zone automatic climate control provides first-class comfort and the handsfree operation of tailgate gives easy access to a boot capacity of up to 1820 litre with 40:20:40 split option.
BMW XM is the first-ever high-performance model with electrified drive system. The M Hybrid system consists of a new V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor integrated into the 8-speed M Steptronic transmission. This plug-in hybrid system delivers a combined maximum output of 480 kW (653 hp) and maximum torque of 800 Nm. The combustion engine delivers up to 360 kW (489 hp) and a maximum torque of 650 Nm at 1600-5000 rpm while, the electric drive system generates a peak output of 145 kW (197 hp) and a maximum torque of 280 Nm at 100–5500 rpm. A high voltage 25.7 kW lithium-ion battery is situated in the underbody and delivers a pure-electric driving range of up to 88 kms. The car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds, which is very commendable considering its weight and proportions. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, although this figure rises to 270 km/h with the optional M Driver’s Package. The note of a V8 engine is unmistakable, but the XM also offers an emotionally rich sound experience in pure-electric mode with BMW IconicSounds Electric.
The fourth generation 8-speed M Steptronic transmission delivers smooth gear shifts and top levels of power delivery and shift comfort as well as impressive efficiency. Three driving modes can be selected using the M Hybrid button on the centre console. Hybrid default setting for intelligently controlled interplay of the combustion engine and electric motor maximises efficiency or performance depending on the requirement. The all-wheel-drive system maximises traction, agility and directional stability. Precisely controlled and fully variable distribution of power between front and rear axles and between the left and right rear wheels ensures masterful performance in any situation.
There are a host of connected drive features include Digital Key Plus, Emergency Call, Real-time Traffic Information, and Remote Services through MyBMW app. A freestanding 14.9” Curved Display with Navigation with real-time traffic information and augmented view, a 12.3″ digital information display behind the steering wheel and a Head-up Display complete the ConnectedDrive experience.
Safety features include six airbags, Antilock Braking System (ABS), M Dynamic Mode (MDM), Attentiveness Assistance, M Sport differential networked with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Active Roll Stabilisation with Active Roll Comfort, Performance Control, electric parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor, ISOFIX child seat mounting and integrated emergency spare wheel under the load floor.
BMW XM is available in seven paintworks – Cape York Green, Toronto Red, Mineral White, BMW Individual Dravit Grey, Black Sapphire, Marina Bay Blue and Carbon Black, and features Individual Leather Merino upholstery in Sakhir Orange, Deep Lagoon, Silverstone and Black.
Priced at INR 2.60 crore, the BMW XM is available as a completely built-up unit (CBU). Bookings are open now and deliveries will commence from May 2023 onwards.
As an additional value, BMW XM owners also get to become a member of the exclusive BMW Excellence Club. The club unlocks unprecedented access to global events, curated experiences, and bespoke concierge services.