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2023 BMW XM: Model Preview & Release Date

Sarah Willis
Contributing Writer - November 24, 2021

Model Preview

BMW recently set Instagram on fire with a sneak peek concept picture of a new vehicle, an SUV called the XM. There have been reports of the XM SUV coming out for months now, though there is a question as to if the XM is the same vehicle as the previously reported 2023 X8. Whether this is a different vehicle or was renamed from the X8 to the XM, it makes this the newest addition to the M division, and the first standalone M car since the M1.

Either way, BMW decided to post a teaser image before the unveiling, and scrolling through the comments is an adventure. To put it mildly, many people had thoughts.

Since the car is head-on in the photo, the first notable feature, and the one that has people the most up-in-arms, is the twin grilles. It’s not just that they are big, BMW is fairly famous for having somewhat enlarged grilles on their cars after all. Though compared to the grille, you may question whether BMW shrank the headlights, which are basically just slits on the outer edges on the face of the car.

The grilles are fully separated from one another and have eight sides, though they are more asymmetrical than the stop-sign octagon shape that usually comes to mind. They have also been outlined with illumination, which adds a looming effect and makes them very distinct. Overall, many people seem to be visually comparing these twin grilles to nostrils, and they have a bit of a point. There have been reports that this design is somewhat toned down for the actual model, however, so we will have to wait and see what the final result looks like.

The other aspects of the car are tame in comparison. The hood has an aggressive attitude with raised and concave lines, similar to the M3 and M4 hood designs. At the center between the grilles is the emblem, sitting in a dip in the hood. There also appear to be additional lights above the windshield as well on either side. For the most part, this SUV seems like it will consist of sharp lines and creases.

The post on Instagram states that this new vehicle will be electrified, however, we don’t know to what extent the electrification will be. This could mean a full EV, which would only be the automaker’s second full-EV SUV after the upcoming iX. It could also mean a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid. If that proves to be the case, we have already seen speculation about what kind of powertrain would be behind such a vehicle. According to CarBuzz, we may be able to expect 750 horsepower coming from a V8 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged engine in addition to the electric systems. That would easily make this car BMW’s most powerful. This is all unverified information, however, and we are putting our money on the XM being a full EV.

Pricing & Release Date

BMW tagged Art Basel in its Instagram post teasing the XM’s concept image, which leads us to believe that we may get to see the SUV debuted at the event in Miami Beach starting December 2nd.

There has been no price range given yet. Considering BMW’s current SUV lineup, and the debate over how electrified this vehicle will be, around $60,000 or higher seems like a reasonable guess.

Some possible contenders to rival this upcoming BMW are the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-PACE, Tesla Model Y, and Volvo XC90.

Check back soon for more updates.

Pictured: 2023 BMW XM Teaser

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