BMW’s controversial concept is in the process of being transformed from an XM design study into a production model. Official photos of a disguised pre-prototype published by a German firm give us a better idea of what to expect from the first distinctive M car since the M1.
We don’t have X-ray vision – we’re still working on it – but we can still mention some of the changes that designers have made to XM. On the front, there are thin LEDs mounted just below the hood line, but the SUV gets an extra pair of lights, a configuration inspired by the one seen in the new 7 Series. The huge grill is still there, and the hood keeps its bulges. Seen from the side, the concept ratio has not changed significantly, although the production model has achieved predictable door handles. And, on the rear, is responsible for the diffused light and four hexagonal exhaust tips in the quarter panel, while the appearance of the diffuser is less aggressive.
As expected, the production XM will use a petrol-electric plug-in-hybrid powertrain built around a new V8. The setup’s total output will check in at 650 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, and the SUV will come with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. We have been told to expect an electric-only range of approximately 30 miles. BMW M added that it has gone a long way in improving the operation of this large SUV. Its engineers have dialed approximately 50:50 weight distribution, installed an adaptive M-Professional suspension system with model-specific springs and electronically-controlled shock absorbers, and installed an electromechanical roll stabilizing system powered by 48-volt technology.
BMW will unveil the XM in the coming months and will begin production in December 2022 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Unconfirmed rumors claim that buyers will initially have three trim levels to choose from, the red label, the black label and the competition, respectively.