The BMW XM is moving forward with production preparations as the German manufacturer puts the electrified, high-performance SUV in its final testing phase, and BMW has provided an image gallery of the XM in its development disguise.
Previewing the Concept XM released last November, the fully-produced XM will officially launch later this year, the 50th anniversary of the BMW M, since BMW Motorsport was founded in 1972.
Motivational power for the XM comes courtesy of a ‘new advanced’ V8 petrol engine that combines electric drive, and together produces a total system output of 650 hp and 800 Nm of torque. BMW says the drive is powered by the manufacturer’s first hybrid-specific M xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
According to preliminary details, the powertrain enables the XM to be fully electrically powered for distances up to 80 km in the WLTP testing protocol. In terms of chassis, the XM gets the adaptive M suspension as standard, which employs specific springs and electronically controlled dampers for the XM.
It also has an electromechanical anti-roll stabilizing system that is powered by a 48-volt electric, the first in a BMW M car. Dubbed the Active Roll Comfort, the system reduces roll movement because the car travels on uneven roads and adjusts the height of the ride on each side.
Model-specific M brakes are housed in wheels that can be opted as light-alloy items measuring up to 23 inches in diameter. The weight distribution for the XM is about 50:50 between the front and rear axles, says BMW.
Also showing the interior of the BMW XM, which is partially hidden. In this example, the specification of a black and red two-piece leather upholstery is added by metal-look trim and in classic BMW fashion, the dashboard is angled towards the driver.
The steering wheel attached to the XM also appears to have ‘M1’ and ‘M2’ drive mode preset buttons, which are hidden here. Less visible device; Could this be a dual-widescreen system that is used in recent models such as iX? Time will tell.
The BMW XM series will begin production in December 2022 at the BMW Group’s manufacturing facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. “Electrification gives us new opportunities to display that vague M feeling in an interesting way and to transfer it to the streets. Regardless of their drive technology, our performance and high-performance cars will continue to have an unambiguous and authentic M character in the future, ”said BMW MEO Frank Van Mill.