BMW M is better known for its performance sedans, such as the M3 and M5. However, the performance division has recently gone in many new ways. Additionally, the new 2023 XM integrates several of these new aspects in a single vehicle. This seems reasonable considering it’s the M’s new flagship. As an M-badged SUV, the… Continue reading The 2023 BMW XM Plug-In Hybrid SUV has 644 Horsepower
BMW M is better known for its performance sedans, such as the M3 and M5. However, the performance division has recently gone in many new ways. Additionally, the new 2023 XM integrates several of these new aspects in a single vehicle. This seems reasonable considering it’s the M’s new flagship.
As an M-badged SUV, the XM also debuts a new plug-in hybrid engine, the first hybrid to bear the M badge when the concept version of the XM debuted last year. It is set to be on sale in the United States in the first quarter of 2023.
BMW XM Has Much More Power than Existing Production of BMW
The XM’s powertrain comprises a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 coupled with an electric motor fitted into the eight-speed automated transmission. A 25.7-kWh battery pack allows for an estimated electric driving range of 30 kilometers. Total output is 644 horsepower & 590 pound-feet of torque, with an even more powerful Label Red variant coming out later with a promised 735 hp and 735 pound-feet. This makes the XM a much more strong existing production BMW. It’ll require all of that power to maneuver around its 6062 pound/2.75 t bulk.
The external appearance seems to be more angular and commanding than that of many of BMW’s previous SUVs. Front split headlights, identical to those featured on the new X7, flank the huge kidney grilles. A bold emphasized character line rises down the side and kicks up at the rear doors as a homage to the legendary BMW Hofmeister kink.
BMW insignia are carved into each top corner of the back windshield, and the taillights wrap around the sides. The quad exhaust tips and diffuser features give the rear bumper a sporty appearance. 23-inch wheels are standard, but 22-inch are available as an alternative, and BMW claims that the lesser size saves weight.
Extras Will Add a Significant Cost to the Vehicle
The XM will enter into rivalry with high-end SUVs comparable to the Audi RS Q8 and Mercedes-AMG GLE63, as well as Aston Martin DBX and Lamborghini Urus. It will start at $159,995, but extras will add a significant amount, and the more powerful Label Red variant will cost more than $185,000. Whether you like it or not, this super-SUV is now the apex of the M portfolio, and it will be available in US showrooms early next year.
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