2023 BMW XM Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs
- Starting at $159,000 MSRP*
- 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine mated to a plug-in hybrid drivetrain producing 664 horsepower and 590lb-ft of torque
- 30 miles of electric-only range with a fully charged battery
- 23-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
- Three-dimensional sculptural headliner with Ambient Lighting
- Available Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System
- Merino Leather M Multi-function seats with illuminated XM badging
- Vertical quad exhaust
- Live Cockpit Professional with head-up display and video AR
- Parking Assistant Plus Automated Parking Sensors
About the BMW XM
BMW’s M Division exists to modify existing standard vehicles into fire-breathing high-performance machines. There has only ever been one vehicle built from the ground up to be an M-exclusive model, the M1, until now. The XM is a high-performance SUV built to carry the M badge. This plug-in hybrid uses cutting-edge technology to challenge perceptions of what an SUV is even capable of. Settle into the supremely comfortable and well-appointed cabin and put your foot down to experience BMW’s first M-exclusive SUV.
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Plug-In M Performance
The XM doesn’t have any ordinary drivetrain, or even any ordinary plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The XM is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 paired with a high-performance electric motor, sending a combined 644 horsepower and 590lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. The XM is capable of approximately 30 miles of all-electric range with a fully charged battery, but it is really built for tire-shredding performance, exhilarating all-out performance that makes use of all of the copious power produced by this advanced drivetrain technology. And coming soon is the XM Label Red, an even higher-performance version of the SUV with a staggering 735 horsepower and 735lb-ft of torque. But until that debuts, the standard XM is still the most powerful SUV ever produced by the M Division.
Inside and out, the XM doesn’t look quite like anything else on the road. The XM is built from the ground up to be exclusively a performance machine, and the styling reflects this. From the massive 23-inch wheels to the illuminated kidney grille, the XM is styled to make a statement. Inside, you’ll find the three-dimensional sculptural headliner. Not to be content with the usual LED ambient lighting that has come to be the norm with high-end luxury vehicles, BMW has used fiber-optic lighting to further set the looks of the XM apart from its competitors. Around the front, you’ll find BMW’s nest styling signature, bi-level divided headlights. And in the back you’ll find unique vertically-stacked quad exhausts. Above this, on the rear window, there is a laser-etched BMW roundel, a nod to the original M-exclusive model, the M1.
Luxury Lounge Cabin
The XM has the same wheelbase as the X7. But where the X7 is configured for three rows of seats, the XM instead uses that wheelbase to give occupants the space to really stretch out. BMW refers to the back seat as the M Lounge, and it’s covered in soft quilted leather. There is an option for heated seats, of course, but an unusual touch is that this brings with it heaters for the door panels as well. Up front, you’ll find BMW’s signature Curved Display, which joins the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and the 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen into one continuous design feature. The leather used to cover the upper dash and upper door panels can be treated in such a way as to show off its natural features. In a world where leatherette is increasingly able to be passed off as genuine, this is a subtly sophisticated touch.
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