2024 BMW XM Concept, Specs, Release Date – Despite the criticism BMW has received for its design decisions over the past few years—or decades, if one considers the Bangle era—people continue to purchase the brand in droves. Consequently, despite the BMW XM’s outrageous appearance, we are confident that this landmark M vehicle will be another resounding success. The XM, shown here in concept form, for the time being, will be the first standalone M car since the M1 was released. The XM is designed to make a statement, from its intimidating exterior to its 750-horsepower V8 plug-in hybrid powertrain. It is unlike any other M vehicle.
Above the three-row X7 in BMW’s SUV lineup will be the performance-focused XM, a two-row crossover with sporty intentions and tuning by the illustrious M Division. The XM, depicted in concept form, sports an aggressive design with kidney-shaped grille openings, stacked tailpipes, and a roof that hints at a fastback profile. A twin-turbocharged V-8 provides the muscle for the 644-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain under the hood. With a fully charged battery, the XM should be able to go about 30 miles on electric power alone, but we’re more interested in how fast it can go.
2024 BMW XM Redesign
Concept XM elicits only strong responses. It is impossible to remain apathetic to this SUV’s bold design; it has all the subtlety of a machine gun. No one has yet dared to call it beautiful, even though some people find it incredible and others find it repulsive.
The conventional double grille is the size of a canyon. BMW has also included contour lighting for those with poor eyesight who risk missing it. Similar to the M3 and M4, the hood has protruding ridges. In contrast to the grille, the headlights are oddly diminutive, although a higher pair of LEDs are integrated into the A-pillars. The Concept XM has a two-tone paint scheme consisting of matte gold bronze on top and Space Grey Metallic below. Along the sides are low-profile tires affixed to 23-inch wheels.
Although not everyone will agree, the XM’s rear profile maybe its best feature. The taillights are elaborate strips that are completely black when not illuminated. Instead of a central BMW logo, two roundels have been placed higher on each side of the rear window, a nod to the M1. Lower on the vehicle are four vertically-stacked tailpipes. How much BMW will tone down the production model remains to be seen, but the Concept XM will be discussed for months.
While we believe the Concept’s exterior is a close approximation of what will eventually roll off the line at BMW’s manufacturing plant in South Carolina, we anticipate that a number of the Concept’s luxurious interior features will not make it to production. For instance, the geometric headliner will likely be replaced with fabric or a panoramic sunroof. We love the vintage leather upholstery and quilted velvet back seats, but BMW will probably choose more subtle materials for the final product.
The show serves as both a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment system, and to the right of the shift lever is BMW’s iDrive rotary controller. A large, curved display spans the dashboard until it connects to the passenger’s grab handle on the center console. We expect CarPlay and Android Auto to come as standard wireless features and features like Sirius XM satellite radio, Wi-Fi, and a high-end stereo system.
From the beginning, BMW designed the Concept XM to utilize its 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Here, a plug-in hybrid system and electric motor assist the V8 engine. The Concept XM’s combined outputs are exceptional, producing 750 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque. It instantly becomes BMW’s most powerful vehicle ever, although it remains to be seen if it will be the fastest, given that it likely weighs significantly more than an M5 CS. We expect the XM to comfortably dip below the four-second mark for the 0-60 mph dash. All-wheel drive is expected to be standard because it is virtually the only way to contain that amount of power. The Concept XM can go about 30 miles on electric power alone, another benefit of the PHEV powertrain.
In its Comfort driving mode, the XM’s coil-spring suspension is complemented by adaptive dampers and active anti-roll bars to provide a surprisingly compliant ride. When set to Sport, the XM’s responsive and eager handling makes driving on winding roads enjoyable. BMW has not disclosed the size of the XM’s battery pack, but the company estimates a range of 30 miles per charge. We will update this article about the battery, charging time, and other hybrid-specifics.
2024 BMW XM Release Date and Price
Considering the above, this BMW could be the most expensive. Although we can only guess at this time, the production XM could exceed $150,000 and, with enough options, could surpass $200,000. We will have more information when the XM begins production in South Carolina at the end of 2023.