- BMW unveiled the XM Concept, but not the production version
- The drawings are similar to the concept, with production-ready details added
- The XM will be the first standalone M model since the M1 of the 80s
BMW unveiled the XM Concept a while ago but now, patent images that show the design of the production version have been leaked in Japan.
Uncovered by a user of the iX Forums, these images show what appears to be a production version of the concept, which means that some of its more unconventional design elements have been toned down slightly.
This isn’t to say the XM will be bland however since the styling remains very similar to the original.
This means the large SUV will adopt a very angular design created by the numerous sharp creases in the body lines and the large front end.
Details that are copied from the concept also include the stacked trapezoidal quad tailpipes in the rear bumper and the very large kidney grilles up front.
Changes can be seen on the front fascia since the headlamps are likely to use the same divided setup as other new BMW models such as the 7 Series, with the DRLs and turn signals being installed up high and the main headlamps resting in a rectangular pod placed slightly lower. Only the upper element was present in the concept.
A clearly visible charging port on the driver’s side fender recalls that the XM will be a plug-in hybrid model.
Since the XM will be the first standalone M model since the M1 sports car of the early 80s, it has to have a high level of performance to meet the expectations of potential customers.
This is why BMW says this model will be powered by a newly-developed 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine assisted by a plug-in hybrid system that will be able to deliver up to 750 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful road-legal BMW ever.
Although unconfirmed, rumours say this powertrain will be reserved for the top-of-the-line model, with a less powerful plug-in hybrid drivetrain being standard in the other versions.
More details will be known later in the year since the BMW XM is expected to be unveiled in the upcoming months ahead of its sales debut for the 2023 model year.
Source: iX Forums.com