2022 BMW XM SUV revealed: price, specs and release date
The BMW XM is an outrageously powerful plug-in hybrid SUV, which has been developed by the brand's M performance division to take on Porsche’s flagship Cayenne...
On sale Late 2022 | Price from £100,000 (est)
If big is beautiful, the new BMW XM has the potential to be a supermodel. Not only is it absolutely massive, at just over 5.1m long, but it will also be the most expensive and most powerful BMW SUV you can buy.
Although the concept car’s looks are likely to be toned down for production, the XM is angular and imposing, with thin LED headlights and a front grille so large that it might as well have its own postcode. Like the concept, the production XM will be a plug-in hybrid that is understood to combine a thumping V8 petrol engine with two electric motors. Together, the system produces a whopping 740bhp, as well as 737lb ft of torque.
In electric-only mode, the XM promises up to 50 miles of driving on a full charge. That compares with the official range of up to 54 miles already offered by the X5 xDrive45e, our favourite plug-in hybrid SUV.
There’s no word on CO2 emissions or fuel consumption yet, but you can expect to spend a lot of time at petrol stations if you don’t top up the battery on a regular basis. Drivers will be able to prioritise electric or engine power through selectable modes inside the car.
Speaking of the interior, you’ll find dual digital screens to take care of instruments and infotainment, with the latter able to be controlled by touch, voice or a physical dial between the front seats. The latter means the system will be easier to use on the move than the purely touchscreen-based set-ups used in rivals.
While the smaller BMW X5 and similar-sized BMW X7 offer seating for up to seven occupants, the XM is strictly a five-seater, but expect everyone on board to enjoy palatial comfort, alongside a boot large enough to carry all your holiday luggage and still leave room for airport shopping.
Given the XM’s position as a range-topping sports SUV, we’d expect prices to start from around £100,000. That’s a similar price to the rival Audi RS Q8 (which isn’t available with hybrid power) but significantly less than you’d pay for a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid.
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