The first-ever BMW XM with a plug-in hybrid drive system is here
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The first-ever BMW XM with a plug-in hybrid drive system is here.

The combination of a combustion engine and a motor in the BMW XM delivers a maximum output of 480 kW/653 hp. An electric-only mode is also available, which offers 51-55 miles of range.

BMW has revealed the new plug-in hybrid SAV, XM. It is equipped with the newly developed M Hybrid drive system, which comprises a V8 petrol engine and an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.

The combination of a combustion engine and a motor delivers a maximum output of 480 kW/653 hp (up to 360 kW/489 hp by the V8 engine and 145 kW/197 hp by the electric drive system). The first plug-in hybrid model of BMW M GmbH also comes with pure-electric driving over a range of 82-88 km(51-55 miles) in the WLTP cycle. This is made possible by a 25.7 kWh high-voltage Li-ion battery mounted in the car’s underbody.

The M Hybrid drive system of the BMW XM produces a maximum overall torque of 800 Nm/590 lb-ft (engine with up to 650 Nm combined with an electric motor developing up to 280 Nm).

The XM accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds. The sprint from rest to 200 km/h (124 mph) is completed in 14.3 seconds. The top speed of the car is 270 km/h (168mph).

BMW will add an even more powerful variant to the XM line-up in the future, called the BMW XM LABEL RED. It will have a combined output of 550 kW/ 748 hp. The company is planning to add this variant in autumn 2023.

The combined charging unit of the M Hybrid system enables AC charging at up to 7.4 kW. It will charge the battery from 0-100% in almost 4 hours.

There are three driving modes in the car, HYBRID, ELECTRIC, and eCONTROL. Hybrid driving mode is the default setting and gives the driver access to the full system output of the combustion engine and electric motor. In the ELECTRIC driving mode, the car uses only the power from the electric drive system and is capable of an emission-free 140 km/h (87mph) top speed.

The eCONTROL mode offers the option to maintain the charge of the battery during a journey to increase it utilizing regeneration.

The standard driving assistance system of the car includes the Driving Assistant, which comprises Front Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning including lane return with steering assistance, the Evasion Assistant, Alertness Assistant, and Speed Limit Info system.

The optional Driving Assistant Professional combines Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function with a host of other features, including the Steering and Lane Control Assistant, traffic light recognition, automatic Speed Limit Assist, and Active Navigation.

Parking Assistant Plus is also included as standard. In addition to the Reversing Assistant, this system comprises the functions Parking View, front and rear Panorama View, and 3D View.

The BMW XM is based on BMW Operating System 8, which comprises a Curved Display formed by a 12.3-inch information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches.

The cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system is another feature of Live Cockpit Professional. The optional BMW Digital Key Plus enables customers to lock and unlock their new XM with their Apple iPhone by using security-enhanced ultra-wideband (UWB) radio technology, and smartphone integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A personalized BMW ID functionality and an eSIM designed for 5G mobile technology are also all available to use in the BMW XM.

BMW will start the production of the XM at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the USA in December 2022 before it arrives at dealers worldwide in spring 2023. The key sales markets will be the USA, China, and the Middle East.

Also Read: BMW starts in-house production of fuel cells for BMW iX5 Hydrogen.

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