Although there is no specific date, the BMW XM is ready. The first plug-in hybrid SUV specifically developed by the house’s sports division is counting down the days to show itself to the world definitively. BMW Canada has just presented a video that shows us the reactions of the first people who have been able to see it in nature. The faces indicate a good reaction, although we do not know if it will be because of the design, because of the enormous proportions, or because of everything in general.
Every time we’ve been able to see the XM at some point in its life cycle between prototype and production vehicle, we’ve been struck by the bulk of an SUV that will sit alongside the current BMW X7 in size. Measuring more than 5.1 meters long, the XM will have to prove that plug-in hybrid technology is the future of the M division.. It is a product specifically developed by them, from the design to the mechanics, passing through the set-up and the electronics.
The BMW XM is included in a very special year for the Bavarian brand. Those from Munich celebrate the 50th anniversary of their sports division, the M range. In these 12 months there have been, and will be, very important launches such as the BMW M4 CSL, the BMW M2, the M versions of the BMW iX and BMW i4, as well as, of course, the BMW XM which will be the first entering into hitherto unexplored territory.
The next BMW M launches will leave behind 100% thermal mechanics to have electrified technologies that will take performance levels to a new level. Not long ago the rumor was uncovered that gave life to the return of the BMW M5 Touring with a high-power plug-in hybrid package with a 4.4-liter V8 engine as the main mechanical axis. Next to it, one or two electric motors and a battery capable of generating a range of approximately 80 kilometers would be installed, as BMW has announced.
Of course it is too early to specify performance data, but it is important not to underestimate what will be the heaviest car ever developed by BMW. With a scale weight of close to 3,000 kilograms, it’s going to take a lot of power to throw that much mass.. The figures point to a range of engines with powers between 650 and 750 horsepower, which will place it in the orbit of the world’s great sports SUVs such as the Ferrari Thoroughbred with a V12 or the Lamborghini Urus with its V8 stretched to the maximum. .