The first-ever BMW XM will be launched in Australia in the first half of 2023.

It is powered by an electrified drive system. The M Hybrid drive system has an overall
system output of 480kW using a combustion engine and an electric drive system.

The extensively updated V8 engine features a cross-bank exhaust manifold, reinforced
crankshaft drive and optimised oil separation process to deliver an optimum balance of
power and efficiency.

The engine is assisted by an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed M Steptronic

The motor’s power is instantly on tap when pulling away, delivering unhesitating response
to every movement of the accelerator.

The M Hybrid drive system produces maximum overall torque of 800Nm, with a pre-
gearing stage increasing the electric motor’s effective maximum torque to 450Nm at the
transmission input.

The BMW XM accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds. Interestingly, it has what
BMW calls an ‘energy-charged soundtrack’. This originates from its sports exhaust system
with electronically controlled, continuously adjustable flaps and hexagonal dual tailpipes
arranged one above the other for the first time on a BMW M model.

The M Hybrid button on the centre console is used to select one of three operating modes,
including an Electric setting for cruising with zero emissions at speeds of up to 140km/h
and over a maximum distance of 82 to 88 km in the WLTP cycle.

A lithium-ion high-voltage battery is mounted in the car’s underbody and the 25.7kWh of
usable energy it provides.

The Combined Charging Unit in the BMW XM enables AC charging at up to 7.4kW.

Fascinatingly, the BMW IconicSounds Electric was developed in a collaboration between
the BMW Group and film score composer Hans Zimmer.


About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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