BMW India today unveiled its most powerful vehicle in the Indian market, the XM. The BMW XM has been released in India for Rs. 2.60 crores (ex-showroom India). The XM, which was first shown as a concept in late 2021, is BMW M’s second-ever bespoke car, following the mid-engine M1. Deliveries of the XM SUV will commence in India in May 2023.

Under the hood, BMW has paired the M Hybrid Drive with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and a gearbox-mounted electric motor. The XM has a combined output of 644 bhp and 800 Nm, making it the company’s most powerful vehicle. All of that power propels the SUV from 0 to 100 kmph in 4.3 seconds. It can got to top speed of 250 kmph.


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The XM is also capable of all-electric driving, with the onboard 25.7 kWh battery pack providing a stated range of up to 88 km. The XM has a double-wishbone front suspension and a 5-link rear suspension with adjustable M dampers. The SUV also includes 48V active roll stabilization and is the first BMW M vehicle to include integral active steering as standard.

The BMW XM keeps the concept’s dual headlamps flanking a distinctive BMW kidney grille. The side profile is also unchanged, with the receding window line and prominent squared wheel arches remaining. In the production model, the black shoulder trim is replaced with gold-finished trim.

The rear design is also loyal to the concept, with the production XM retaining the double-stacked exhaust and narrow tail lamps – toned down from the concept. The style is completed by unique 21-inch alloy wheels, while variants of up to 23 inches will be available.

The XM isn’t a little SUV however, with dimensions close to the full-size X7. The X7 is the longer and taller SUV, while the XM is broader and shares the same 3,105 mm wheelbase. The XM, on the other hand, is a 5-seater exclusively.

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Meanwhile, the cabin has been toned down in comparison to the concept. It is using design features that are consistent with other newer BMWs. The interior is dressed in dual-tone brown and blue upholstery, with the XM getting the single-piece curved display holding the digital instrument cluster and touchscreen – a design found on other new BMWs. The air-conditioning vents and center console have been totally altered from the idea to a more conventional BMW style.

The interior of the XM is similar to that of the iX and i4. The rear seating area has been designed as an ‘M Lounge’ with a greater emphasis on occupant comfort than any previous M vehicle. In terms of amenities, the XM gets a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen with the newest iDrive 8 software, ADAS technology, ambient lighting, four-zone automatic climate management, and the Harman Kardon surround sound system.

In India, the BMW XM competes with the Lamborghini Urus Performante, Aston Martin DBX 707, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. Its main rivals include the Ferrari Purosangue and the Bentley Bentayga Speed. Along with the XM, BMW has introduced the facelifted M340i and the S1000RR superbike.

Bookings for these models are currently open. We expect only a limited number of units to be available at any given moment. The updated M340i will be available to customers in January 2023. While the CBU import, the XM, will be available in May 2023. BMW has also stated that it will launch up to eight new vehicles in India by the end of January 2023. Facelifted variants of the ordinary 3 Series and X7, as well as the new-generation 7 Series with an all-electric i7 option, are expected.

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