Unveiled at Art Basel Miami Beach, BMW says the Concept XM is here to shine the light on standout aspects of the M-brand. At face value, it looks like we’ve got the big grilles, vents, wheels, power, and carbon aspects that bring the cars to life, however, what’s under the surface will truly define the vehicle for diehard ‘M’ fans.
“The BMW Concept XM represents a complete re-imagining of the high-performance car segment… it underlines the ability of BMW M GmbH to break with established conventions and push boundaries in order to offer fans of the brand the ultimate driving experience. The series production car – the first pure BMW M model since the legendary BMW M1 – also shows how we are approaching the step-by-step electrification of our brand,” said Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M Gmb H.
More than a concept, the BMW Concept XM debuts in 2022, the same year the BMW M1 celebrates 50 years.
|BMW XM Concept Specifications|
|Engine||V8 w/ M Hybrid System|
|All-Electric Range||Up to 80km|
Performance details for the upcoming BMW Concept XM are scarce, however, the BMW XM produces 750HP and 1000Nm of torque, and that’s the most we’ve ever seen in an M-division car. to put that in perspective, the BMW M5 CS produces a monstrous 627HP and does the 0-100km/h sprint in 3-seconds. We expect the new model to best this figure thanks to hybrid technology and more outright power and torque.
BMW has thrown everything at the design of BMW XM. Including light bars.
What’s With the Front End?
The BMW Concept XM unveils a front-end design that will trickle down into the rest of the M-range for the foreseeable future. Initial impressions of the front end left us feeling a little queasy to say the least, however, on fourth and fifth look we felt a little more comfortable with the angular lines of the kidney grilles. In case the grilles weren’t eye-catching enough there’s contour lighting integrated into each grille to form a striking daytime driving light effect. Headlights on the other hand are far too small, but we imagine they’ll become larger to accommodate design laws around the world.
There are Searchlights in the Roof
To make up for the squinty headlights, BMW Concept XM integrates slim LED searchlights into the roof above the A-pillar.
Yep, the new XM Concept has a pair of integrated lightbars on the roof.
Taking the term ‘glasshouse’ to new heights, the concept XM has rising vertical glass windows all around. The roof rakes down at a rather aggressive angle that’s matched only by the front windscreen. Looking across the bonnet you’ll find air vents that move into the front kidney grilles with large powerful domes commonplace in many modern SUVs. Along the front apron, you’ll find clean black lines that pair beautifully with the large vertical intakes to accentuate the front bumper.
Two-tone Side Profile
BMW says the XM displays coupe-like characteristics along the frontend, however, we think it embodies more of a Jaguar F-Pace or Range Rover Velar attitude in its side appearance than a BMW M1 in which its draws inspiration. We love the two-tone appearance, with an upper section in gold-bronze that contrasts the lower section in Space Grey metallic. Separating the two sections is a high-gloss black ‘belt’ that matches the signature M-detailing around the exterior of the vehicle.
Short sharp lines find sweeping bends to perform an agile expression along the side profile of the vehicle. The sloping roofline intersects with a frontward facing rake in the suspension emphasised by the black wheel arch extensions to finish the overall athletic stance. Wheels are chosen in a whopping 23-inch size with a seven-spoke design.
The Rear Window is Seamless
Most interestingly, the rear window is inserted almost seamlessly into the rear fascia. You can see from the image above that it virtually floats above the rear hatch and conforms to the smoothed horizontal lines. The XM’s flared wheel arches accentuate the rear stance furthered by the thin brake lights that curve off over the rear arches.
Twin tailpipes are immediately evident, triangular in shape and deliver minimal backpressure for the hybrid V8. The soundtrack is said to be equally as exciting as the rear end. Our personal favourite angle of the car.
Vintage Look Leather
The embodiment of luxury on the interior is immediately obvious thanks to the vintage leather that surrounds the cabin. The instrument panel, centre console, door trims and seats are lined with an array of copper and carbon fibre to bridge the gap between performance and luxury. A large metal-look trim element provides visual separation and houses the seat and door controls.
In the centre, a BMW Curved Display screen is positioned to create a balance between traditional driver focus and modern digitality. Red accents on the steering wheel and centre console are M-specific references to the car’s sporting prowess. A trio of vertical elements presented in the three colours of the BMW M brand logo forms the heart of the centre console.
BMW M Lounge debuts in the rear of the XM with dark tinted windows, special materials, and soft-touch surfaces. Rear seats are large and deep to firmly hold the occupants, velvet finishes seats, deep pile carpets, and a three-dimensional prism lighting display in the roof rounds out the experience. All cabin lighting can be selected in any of the three M-colours.