BMW is celebrating 50 years of its M division, the high-performance arm of the brand that has produced some of the most iconic and thrilling cars in history. But instead of resting on its laurels, BMW M is looking ahead to the future with a groundbreaking new model: the BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid.
The BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid is not your typical hybrid vehicle. It is a full-fledged M car that combines a powerful V8 engine with an electric motor to deliver astonishing performance and versatility. It is also a unique vehicle concept that blends the attributes of a sports car, an SUV, and a luxury sedan in one stunning package. It is designed to appeal to new customers who value driving dynamics and environmental responsibility.
The heart of the BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid is the M HYBRID system, which consists of a new 483-hp V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and a 194-hp electric motor integrated into the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. Together, they generate a maximum system output of 644 hp at 5,400 RPM and 590 ft-lbs of torque between 1,600 and 5,000 RPM. This allows the BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph (electronically limited).
But the BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid is not just about raw power. It also offers the ability to drive purely on electric power for up to 30 miles (estimated range according to preliminary BMW AG tests based on the EPA's test procedure standards). This means that the BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid can operate as a zero-emission vehicle in urban areas or for short trips while still having the range and performance of a conventional gasoline-powered car for longer journeys or spirited driving.
The BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid also benefits from the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which distributes the power between the front and rear axles as needed to optimize traction, stability, and agility. The driver can choose from four driving modes: HYBRID, SPORT, ELECTRIC, and ADAPTIVE. Each mode adjusts various parameters, such as the powertrain, suspension, steering, braking, and sound, to suit different driving situations and preferences.
The BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid is a technological masterpiece and a visual statement. It features a confidently dramatic exterior design that exudes power and emotion. The large kidney grille, the slim LED headlights, the muscular hood, the flared wheel arches, the sculpted side skirts, the sloping roofline, the distinctive rear spoiler, and the quad exhaust tailpipes are all signature elements of an M car. The BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid also boasts aerodynamic enhancements such as air curtains, air breathers, side gills, and an active rear diffuser that improve efficiency and cooling.
The interior of the BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid is intensely driver-focused, boldly modern, and indulgently sybaritic. The cockpit features a digital instrument cluster and a central touchscreen display that provide the driver with all the relevant information and controls. The M leather steering wheel with shift paddles and red accents, the M sport seats with integrated headrests and illuminated logos, the carbon fiber trim elements, and the ambient lighting create a sporty and luxurious atmosphere. The BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid also offers ample space and comfort for up to five passengers and a generous cargo capacity that can be expanded by folding the rear seats.
The BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid has various advanced features and systems that enhance safety, convenience, and connectivity. These include the Driving Assistant Professional package, which comprises many driver assistance functions such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind spot detection, cross-traffic alert, and emergency stop assistance. The BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid also features the Parking Assistant Plus package, which includes a surround-view camera, a reversing assistant, and a remote parking function that allows the driver to park the car using a smartphone app.
The BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid also comes with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, which integrates the latest generation of the BMW iDrive operating system with cloud-based services and intelligent voice control. The BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid also supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and wireless charging for compatible devices.
The BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid is more than just a new model. It is a new era of performance and efficiency for BMW M. It is a vehicle that combines innovative drive system technology, a unique vehicle concept, and a door opened into a whole new market segment. It is a vehicle that aims to attract new customers who appreciate driving dynamics and environmental responsibility. It is the ultimate plug-in hybrid machine.
The BMW XM Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale in the U.S. in the second half of 2023 as a 2024 model-year vehicle. Pricing and availability will be announced closer to the launch date. @via BMW.