BMW XM showcase shows new design features

BMW is putting the finishing touches on its second bespoke M car. While the BMW XM is in shape or form a successor to the M1 supercar, it is still a bespoke product. All M models are based on the BMW production series, from the M2 through to the M8, to the X5 M and X6 M. But the BMW XM has no equivalent in the “regular” BMW lineup. The concept car was recently launched and showcased the most radical and controversial design in BMW history.

While we’re confident that the production car will look similar to the concept car, we’re not entirely sure How do similar. In this new photo, we can see a BMW XM with some production-ready styling cues. At the front, the kidney grille has been visually redesigned, while the split headlight is now more visible than the XM Concept. The front bumper is also more aggressive in design, with large air intakes and a well-sculpted spoiler. The hood line is long and the front end very upright.

Not many changes were noticed on the side. The rendering shows the BMW XM with the flush handles, the charging port fender and the coupe roof line featured in the concept as well. But the black belt is missing, while the side mirrors are now closer to what the production model will show. It’s easy to see that the M division wanted the BMW XM to look imposing. While its size is more than just product packaging — like having to stuff a massive V8 engine and battery into a car that would appeal to modern SUV-obsessed customers naturally creating a big car — its design is clearly meant to show off its sportiness and aggressiveness.

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Three variants of BMW XM planned

So far, BMW has only revealed one powertrain configuration. However, we have already heard that two more are planned as well. Initially, the BMW XM will be offered with only one engine option, the highly anticipated S68 with electric assistance, making it the first hybrid M model. According to BMW, the XM Hybrid should produce 750 horsepower, making it the most powerful production car ever. If those rumors are to be believed, the 750 hp version will be joined by two more, about a year after the initial launch.

At the other end of the spectrum, there will be a version that focuses more on luxury than performance, with around 600 horsepower. An additional 650 horsepower model could also be in the works. The same source claims that all cars will have essentially the same engine under the hood but simply tuned differently. It remains to be seen if BMW will use a combination of a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo unit with electric motors.

The BMW XM will also likely get some special model designations to go along with the XM badge. The rumor is made of three different model names on the table. The entry level model is claimed to have the name BMW XM Red Labelfollowed by stronger and more expensive BMW XM Black Label. The top model is rumored to be simply called the BMW XM Competition, another name that makes sense in the context of other competing M SUVs.

BMW can of course change the final names before it goes on sale in December 2022. Production of the BMW XM begins in November at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.

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