Will the 2023 BMW XM Production Model Come With Illuminated Grille?

BMW stunned the auto industry in November 2021 with the reveal of the dramatically styled Concept XM; now, a fresh teaser image shared on BMW USA hints the plug-in hybrid SUV is poised to break cover in production. The “Ultimate Fusion” sports luxury vehicle will be the first standalone M model since the 1970s’ mid-engined M1.

Compared to the concept car revealed last year, the new teaser image verifies what we’ve already seen: the front grille is much smaller. The kidneys are still sizable, and their lighted form will catch your eye. LED daytime running lights to appear more expansive on the production model, which keen observers will notice. Although the 7 Series G70 and X7 LCI have popularised the split-light layout, the next facelifts to the X5 and X6 will not adopt it. In addition, the 2023 model year 5 Series refresh will return to a more conventional front-end design.

BMW has already announced that the 2023 XM, which will be the flagship of the brand’s X series, will keep more than 90% of the crazy style seen in the concept. The 750-horsepower version, which is scheduled for next year, will be the most costly option in Europe, with a price tag of up to €190,000. It will be branded with the XM Label. Meanwhile, the production model will have a 100 hp reduction from the electric motor and the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 powerplant.

The XM produced in Spartanburg, South Carolina will feature mild hybrid technology for the S68 engine, xDrive, an automatic transmission, all-wheel steering, and a standard. Alloy wheel diameters will range from 21 to 23 inches, but there will be no air suspension or carbon ceramic brakes. It’ll have a similar wheelbase to the X7 but only be offered as a two-row vehicle.

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