BMW Concept XM Teased: M Division Electrified Performance SUV11/18/2021
This is our first official look at a vehicle we now know will be called the BMW Concept XM. Not to be confused with Sirius XM radio, BMW says this concept will debut at a future Art Basel show, presumably the Miami show in early December. And we know it’ll be an electrified model developed by BMW’s legendary M Division.
We can also see in BMW’s provided image the XM’s immense kidney grilles, illuminated at their peripheries for extra effect—as if you could possibly miss them, illuminated or not. At least the openings have more horizontal span, avoiding the somewhat awkward, toothlike verticality of the BMW iX’s infamous mug. Regardless, the sharp angles and the heavy faceting on the hood speak to something dramatic, and the tiny shards of headlight reveal that BMW wants your eyes to focus on the kidney-shaped billboards inboard of them.
While that’s what we can make out of the teaser, what can we make of the vehicle itself? It’ll likely be a stylized, exaggerated version of the upcoming BMW flagship SUV. We expect it to be X7-sized, but with a coupe-like roofline and sporting pretensions. As for the electrification aspect, think twin-turbocharged V-8 enhanced with a hybrid system, likely a plug-in hybrid setup. It should easily top the output of most powerful X7 variant, the Alpina XB7 at 612 hp. Think 700-hp-plus for the XM.
Will the name stick around? We’d had this model pegged as the X8 M, and maybe that’ll return for the production version. There’s also the Citroën aspect—while the XM has been out of production for more than 20 years, it’s still on many enthusiasts’ radars. And certainly European enthusiasts will remember the model’s striking, angular, unconventional styling that made it an icon of the 1990s. Everyone else will just wonder how the “XM” moniker fits into BMW’s contemporary naming scheme. We don’t have an answer for that, but maybe we will when the wraps come off in a few weeks.
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