In a new teaser for the BMW XM, the brand confirms that the upcoming performance crossover will debut on September 27 at 6:01 p.m. EDT. The accompanying video also provides a brief opportunity to hear the vehicle spin.
The teaser video offers another look at the XM’s bright grille lines, running lights, and separate headlights. All signs point to the appearance of a production vehicle that is very similar to the concept but with a less chiseled shape.
We already know that power comes from a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with a plug-in hybrid. That produces 644 horsepower (485 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (884 Newton-meters) of torque. This setting provides an estimated 30-mile (48-kilometer) electric driving distance in the EPA test. The engine runs via an eight-speed automatic sourced from the ZF. This model reportedly uses the name XM 50e.
Team M wants this crossover to have sports car-like handling. It has an active anti-roll bar and rear wheel steering up to 2.5 degrees. Buyers can get 23-inch alloy wheels.
Then, a more powerful version allegedly known as the Black Label will come with 740 hp (552 kW) and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm).
While we have a pretty clear idea of the XM’s exterior styling, the interior is more of a mystery. The image below the camouflage shows there are screens for instruments and infotainment. The dashboard and center console have leather covers.
Production of the XM reportedly began in December at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Sales begin in 2023. At least in Europe, the base price is reported to be between €110,000 to €120,000.
In May, Motor1.com got the chance to ride an XM prototype that was about 90 percent ready for production. We left quite impressed. “The XM may still be in development, but it already has the best steering potential of any BMW in over a decade and that’s because it so clearly mimics an older BMW,” wrote Brandon Turkus.
The video below offers an in-depth look at the XM concept: