2023 BMW XM Balances Luxury and Performance in One SUV

The M3 and M4’s warm reception from loyal fans didn’t prevent the BMW XM from sparking debate. As the first plug-in hybrid M vehicle, the XM emphasizes performance to rival the leading Lamborghini Urus in the large SUV segment. This classic M approach puts power before luxury, making the XM a hot topic in automotive circles.

But are clients in this market sector seeking that? BMW promoted its M product as a luxury item with the renowned M performance for the first time. Consider this as function following form, which is different from other M vehicles up to this point. Can the massive monster succeed on both counts, though?

Somehow, the DNA of the M made it into a 6,000-pound SUV. Undeniably, it takes a lot of engineering wizardry to make this M SUV feel much smaller and more agile than it is.

The first M plug-in hybrid drivetrain begins the story. This drivetrain will be featured in the future BMW M5 Sedan and M5 Touring. The brand-new S68 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and fifth-generation synchronous electric motor from BMW power the XM. The PHEV powertrain’s combined output is 644 horsepower at 5400 rpm and 590 lb-ft of torque from 1600 to 5000 rpm. This is unquestionably a strong rpm range that will improve the large SUV’s drivability.

The engine produces 483 horsepower, while the electric motor produces 194 horsepower. Interestingly, the electric motor produces 206 lb-ft of torque on its own. But a second gear set between it and the transmission’s input shaft increases that torque to 332 lb-ft. With the aid of launch control, the 2023 BMW XM is a serious challenger in the segment, with an estimated 4.1-second time to 60 mph.

All four wheels receive power, but there is no two-wheel drive. You have a unique M xDrive option that may be engaged with DSC turned off; this 4WD Sport mode will increase the power sent to the back wheels. There is also a 4WD Sand mode, which distributes the power to the four wheels differently in conditions like driving on the sand to serve markets like the Middle East.

The battery pack, which has a useful capacity of 19.2 kWh, uses the same fifth-generation eDrive technology. It isn’t particularly large, but according to WLTP, it has an electric range of 88 kilometres (57 miles). Of course, the EPA estimates a slightly lesser range of 30 miles. The battery can be fully charged in about 3.5 hours using a level 2 home charger. In EV mode, the top speed is 140 km/h (87 mph). The top speed is 155 mph or 168 mph with both options of the M Driver’s Package.

Comparing the 2023 BMW XM to the X5 M isn’t quite fair, as the XM boasts a unique character among M SUVs. Upholding the technological and driving dynamic foundations that built the /M brand’s reputation, the XM defies expectations as the heaviest BMW. In certain situations, it masterfully hides its weight while bringing a smile to some BMW enthusiasts.

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