BMW Will Change Up Its Naming Tradition with the new XM Hybrid SUV
You won’t recognize the trim levels on the XMby Alina Moore, on
There is no doubt about one thing: the next BMW XM must be huge! And we are not only talking about its dimensions. The XM will be BMW M’s first standalone vehicle since the M1 sportscar in 1978, which means it must be at least as amazing as the M1 was, if not better. The first details we have on the next XM are of course promising - an electric SUV with 750 horsepower under the hood in range-topping form will give its competition a lot to deal with.
Will There Be More Than One XM?
The future BMW XM will be powered by a V-8 engine paired with a newly developed M plug-in hybrid system. The entry-level version - rumored to be called XM Red Label - will deliver 644 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. This version will be offered in markets like Europe. For the North American market, BMW will offer the XM Black Level version - the top version with 750 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. The Black Level will offer an electric range of 30 miles and should sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.7 to 4.0 seconds.
According to BMW Blog, there will also be a BMW XM 50e version that will be powered by the same powertrain as the BMW 750e limousine. The latter version will deliver 490 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The XM 50e will be offered with the new 8-speed ZF transmission and it should still deliver impressive performance figures.
What else do we know about the future BMW XM?
Except being BMW’s most powerful SUV ever, the XM will also be the company’s heaviest vehicle ever built. Rumors suggest it will weigh as much as 6,000 pounds! It will also be BMW’s most expensive model ever, with the price going up to €170,000 (about $173,000 at the current exchange rates) for the XM Black Label version.
The XM will remain faithful to the XM Concept unveiled in November 2021, but it will have a few elements more appropriate for a production vehicle. Whereas the concept car came with flushed door handles, the production XM will feature conventional door handles. You should expect some of the design elements from the concept to be toned down in the production version, but elements like the huge grille and the split headlights will remain.
BMW will unveil the XM Red Label in late 2022, with the Black Label version to follow in 2023.
Source: BMW Blog