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BMW debuts XM super-SUV with a 644bhp hybrid powertrain

BMW has unveiled the XM SUV, the first car from the brand’s high-performance arm to feature an electrified powertrain. The XM is also the first dedicated SUV from BMW M and only the second car to be built from the ground up by BMW M after the BMW M1.

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The silhouette of the XM resembles that of other BMW SUVs.

Visually, the BMW XM does share its silhouette with other BMW SUVs such as at X5 but gets a very distinctive look thanks to the new split DRL/headlamp setup part of the brand’s latest design language. The front features large octagonal kidney grilles with horizontal slats and gold-coloured surrounds along with very aggressive styling and large air intakes. The rear is characterised by sculpted LED tail lamps and vertically stacked dual-tip exhausts. It rides on 21-inch alloy wheels with optional 23-inch ones also available.

BMW debuts XM super-SUV with a 644bhp hybrid powertrain

The rear features sculpted slim LED taillamps and vertically stacked dual-tip exhausts.

The cabin of the BMW XM features a two-tone theme of Vintage Coffee Merino leather and Soft Nappa leather. The headliner comes with LED lighting which changes colour based on the selected drive mode. It comes with a driver-focused cockpit with M-specific display modes for the infotainment screen, carbon paddle shifters, M-specific pedals and a sporty theme.

BMW debuts XM super-SUV with a 644bhp hybrid powertrain

The cabin of the BMW XM features a two-tone theme of Vintage Coffee Merino leather and Soft Nappa leather.

The XM is BMW M’s first car to come with an electrified powertrain. The plug-in hybrid system uses a 4.4-litre V8 which makes 483bhp and a 194bhp electric motor which translates to a combined output of 644bhp and 800Nm. The car gets AWD, which is configurable depending upon mode and is capable of sending a majority of the power to the rear wheels. It also gets torque vectoring, sending power to the outside wheel for grip during cornering. The XM gets rear-wheel steering as well. The brand will unveil a more powerful variant of the car named BMW XM Label Red in the future.

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Following the XM, BMW is expected to unveil the new BMW M2.

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