The BMW XM super crossover debuted at the end of September in the status of the first “charged” hybrid of the Bavarian brand. And last weekend, the novelty was brought to the BMW M Fest, which takes place in South Africa – during the event, representatives of the company shared details about the model. According to Timo Resch, head of customer relations at BMW M, the main market for the XM will be the USA, and the owners of the “charged” hybrid will be those who have a Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga and Mercedes-Benz G-Class in their garage.
In a conversation with CarBuzz, Resch stated that “many of those who drive Urus, Bentayga, and G-Class want something similar from BMW, and now we are ready to offer them such a car.” He stressed that the company does not rely on the fact that owners of “true M-series models” will switch to XM, the target audience is owners of luxury SUVs of other brands. Resch also outlined the key markets for BMW XM: the main one will be the American one, and China and the Middle East should enter the top three.
The production BMW XM largely repeats the eponymous concept of 2021, and the size of the crossover is comparable to the X7. The hybrid is driven by a modified 4.4-liter V8 with the S68 index, developing 489 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque. He is assisted by a 196-horsepower electric motor built into the 8-speed “automatic”. Peak output is 652 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque, which makes the XM the most powerful production model of the M-series.
The BMW XM accelerates from a standstill to a “hundred” in 4.3 seconds, and the maximum speed is 250 or 270 kilometers per hour (with the M Driver’s package). Prices have already been announced: the basic crossover will cost Americans 160 thousand dollars, and for the 745-strong version they will ask 185 thousand dollars.