Over the past ten years in the auto world, the aloof concept of luxury has become all-encompassing clearly, in need of a disclaimer or definition. Can a $25,000 ride be luxurious? For sure, especially to its owner. But what makes an expensive trophy car stand out in the luxury market? It is the refined coupling of design, materials, innovation, unexpected comforts, and pure unbridled performance, like those in the BMW XM.
There have been all kinds of hype around this new XM of late and some speculative criticism, but the truth is the BMW XM could be the boldest design and power statement on the road today. In the words of RUN DMC “Let the haters hate.” This BMW XM is your reward for success, and this super SUV also offers ample passenger room and space for a weekend of chic getaway accouterment.
Let’s get technical for a moment – the all-new BMW XM is fitted with a newly developed plug-in hybrid drive train, consisting 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 will throw you back in your seat as 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.
Once nside the XM the environment centers around the driver and front passenger thanks to strict lines and crafted surfaces of the instrument panel, center console, seats, and door trim panels. The BMW Curved Display sits on a generously sized decorative surface in matte carbon fiber. The M-typical carbon fiber elements in the instrument panel combine with wide air vent surrounds in pearl effect chrome. The surface of the center console is also in matte carbon fiber. Rear passengers will experience a generous feeling of space, fine materials, and bold design to transform the rear of the BMW XM into an exclusive M Lounge.
This XM is developed exclusively for the BMW luxury class. It’s unique progressive front-end design announces its presence and remarkable performance equally. Smooth surfaces and sharp edges bring clarity and confidence to the front end. Alongside the fresh interpretation of the twin headlights and BMW M kidney grille, the large air intakes are a defining feature of the front end.
With the unmistakable fab sound note of its V8 engine to an emotionally rich sound experience in pure-electric mode this new BMW XM is on the road with a signature air of mystery for anyone that catches its blur as it speeds by.