BMW has released a gallery of photos featuring a camouflage prototype of the upcoming XM, highlighting some of the features of the performance-oriented SUV flagship, including power and torque output. The high-performance crossover is completing the final stages of development before its upcoming debut later this year.
Starting with the most important news, the base version of the Production XM will produce a “new advanced” V8 and a combined 644 hp (480 kW / 653 PS) power and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) torque from the electric. The drive will be followed by a higher output variant, whose name has not yet been communicated, but which will mirror the Concept XM’s 738 hp (550 kW / 748 PS) and 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) last year. Both versions will be strong enough to deliver a luxury SUV with sportscar-rival performance.
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Power will be sent to all four wheels via the “first hybrid-specific M xDrive four-wheel-drive system” with electronically controlled differential locks on the rear axle.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain will allow about 80 km (50 miles) of full electric range in WLTP cycles and about 30 miles (48 km) in the initial EPA estimate. The BMW did not specify battery power or charging time, but did confirm other technical features of the XM.
The model will be standardized with Adaptive M Professional suspension, which for the first time will include a 48-volt electromechanical roll stabilizing system and an active roll comfort function, aimed at reducing body roll at corners and uneven surfaces. Integral active steering will also be ideal equipment, such as a model-specific M brake system.
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BMW will offer optional M light-alloy wheels measuring up to 23-inch in diameter. Outside of the giant wheels, official shots of the lightly disguised XM pre-production prototype feature vertically-stacked hexagonal quad exhaust pipes, front split headlight design treatment, a giant grille and a sculpted body. The interior is mostly covered, hiding the digital cockpit. However, we still see red leather upholstery and a few carbon-fiber accents on the center console.
Tests are being conducted around the world as our readers have seen prototypes of the XM in Germany and South Africa. The world premiere of the BMW XM will be held this year as part of the BMW M GmbH’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Production of the SUVT will begin in December 2022 at the Spartanburg plant in Germany.
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