Production 2023 BMW XM Revealed In New Patent Photos With Subtle Design Changes
Nearly a year has passed since BMW introduced the XM concept and now we’re getting a detailed look at the upcoming production model.
Revealed in patent photos noticed by the iXForums, the road-going model retains the controversial looks of the concept but the design has been watered down a bit. In particular, we can see a smaller grille that is flanked by quad lighting units similar to those found on the redesigned 7-Series.
Further below, there’s a new central intake with a prominent sensor for the crossover’s high-tech driver assistance systems. Other notable changes include less dramatic air curtains and fender flares that appear more rounded. They’re joined by traditional door handles as well as thicker pillars.
Out back, there’s a stacked four-tailpipe exhaust system and more conventional taillights. Designers also tweaked the bumper and diffuser, while retaining the angular rear window.
BMW teased the production model earlier this year and noted the crossover will have a newly developed V8 engine as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain that gives the XM a combined output of 644 hp (480 kW / 653 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. It will be paired to a hybrid-specific M xDrive system that promises to be “extremely spontaneous.”
While the crossover is focused on performance, it will also be eco-friendly as BMW has already confirmed the model will have an electric-only range of approximately 30 miles (80 km in the WLTP cycle). Other highlights will include an Adaptive M Professional suspension, an electromechanical roll stabilizing system with 48-volt technology, and Integral Active Steering. Buyers will also find an M braking system as well as optional M light-alloy wheels that measure up to 23 inches.
BMW hasn’t said much about the XM lately, but a debut is right around the corner as the company has already confirmed production will begin late this year.