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EXTRAVAGANT STATEMENT.EXTRAVAGANT STATEMENT.

EXTRAVAGANT STATEMENT.

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The design of the new BMW XM.

The design has a resolutely unique identity – featuring the proportions of a modern SAV, M-typical design cues and a host of distinctive accents.

8 November 2022

As its 50th anniversary celebrations continue, BMW M GmbH brings us high performance like we have never experienced before. Innovative drive system technology, a unique vehicle concept – the BMW XM wraps all these elements in a head-turning design that exudes emotional potency beyond traditional norms and conventions. It is also the brand’s first standalone model since the BMW M1. Like the legendary mid-engined sports car, the XM was also developed fully independently, with no conceptual baseline to be found in the BMW model range. This, then, is a “BMW M only” creation.

Franciscus van Meel and Domagoj Dukec.Franciscus van Meel and Domagoj Dukec.
BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel and Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design, next to the BMW XM
The design of the BMW XM is an extravagant statement by BMW M at the heart of the luxury segment. It has a resolutely unique identity and embodies an expressive lifestyle like no other model in the BMW line-up.
Domagoj Dukec

Head of BMW Design

UNCONVENTIONAL FORM.

The back of the BMW XM.The back of the BMW XM.
The proportions of a modern Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), M-typical design cues, a rejigged interpretation of the front-end look created for BMW’s luxury-segment models and a host of distinctive accents give the XM a singularly extrovert aura.

The vehicle concept underpinning the BMW XM brings presence, exclusivity and performance together in an unconventional form without parallel. The exterior dimensions of the BMW XM underscore its impressive visual impact. The car’s body extends 5,110 millimetres in length, and its wheelbase measures 3,105 millimetres. At 2,005 millimetres, the BMW XM is wider than any other model in BMW’s model range, and it stands 1,755 millimetres tall. The unusually wide tracks (1,726 millimetres at the front axle and 1,690 millimetres at the rear) feed into the unshakable roadholding and dynamic cornering potency of this high-performance vehicle.

INNOVATIVE CHARACTER.

The front of the BMW XM.The front of the BMW XM.

THE FRONT END. AN UNEQUIVOCAL EXPRESSION OF PRESENCE AND PERFORMANCE.

The Selective Beam of the BMW XM.The Selective Beam of the BMW XM.
As standard, the low-beam and high-beam headlights also include the cornering light function and matrix high beam with BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling High-beam Assistant.

“We want the exterior to turn heads. The stage presence of the XM is like that of live artists: They perform and ultimately ensure that everybody gets carried along. The vehicle is like a high-performance installation”, says Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design.

The BMW XM is equipped as standard with Adaptive LED Headlights, whose light functions are split into two separate areas. The daytime driving lights, side lights and turn indicators are integrated into the ultra-slim, crisply contoured upper elements. Each consisting of two LED units, these light sources appear to shine straight out of the lens covers. The low-beam and high-beam headlights are positioned in the lower, darkened area of the headlight units deeply embedded in the front apron. These light sources only become visible when switched on during journeys in the hours of darkness.

THE BMW M KIDNEY GRILLE - FOR THE FIRST TIME UNBROKEN LIGHT RING.

Kindney of the BMW XM.Kindney of the BMW XM.
The “XM” lettering in the left-hand kidney element and particularly large air intakes in the lower section of the front apron signal the car’s exclusive character and the power of its V8 engine, which teams up with the electric motor to deliver standout performance.

Catching the eye between the headlights in the centre of the front end is the BMW M kidney grille. The two elements of the grille stand out clearly from the surrounding surfaces. Extending within them are the horizontal grille bars that have become a hallmark feature of the high-performance sports cars from BMW M GmbH, while the double surrounds of the kidneys emphasise their octagonal contours particularly vividly. The outer border of each kidney is gold in colour, while the inner surround provides contour lighting in the form of a sharply drawn – and, for the first time, unbroken – light ring. The light array formed by the upper headlight units and the kidney grille’s contour lighting gives the BMW XM an unmistakable and boldly confident night design.

Side view of the BMW XM.Side view of the BMW XM.
The XM is characterized by a high level of clarity, both in terms of proportions and segmentation. It identifies the vehicle unambiguously as a BMW M and thus represents everything M stands for with extreme authenticity.
Domagoj Dukec

Head of BMW Design

DYNAMIC SILHOUETTE - DISTINCTIVE ACCENTS WITH HISTORICAL REFERENCES.

BMW XM – EXTERIEUR.BMW XM – EXTERIEUR.

BMW XM – EXTERIEUR.

Start Video

HERITAGE - MUSCULAR REAR END WITH BOLD DESIGN FEATURES.

SCULPTURAL SHAPE.

REINTERPRETATION - TAILPIPE TRIMS STACKED VERTICALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME.

BMW XM.BMW XM.
Vertically arranged reflectors border the rear apron at either side.

The diffuser elements integrated into the lower section of the rear apron are painted in Black high-gloss and framed by gold-coloured surrounds. The black model badge on the tailgate also has the gold-coloured contouring used as an identifying feature elsewhere on the BMW XM. A pair of tailpipes from the both double-sided and dual-branch exhaust system protrude from either side of the diffuser. This familiar design cue of M models has been reimagined for the BMW XM, with the hexagonal tailpipe trims stacked vertically for the first time. Model-specific air-directing elements in the underbody provide additional cooling for the exhaust system, enabling an optimal operating temperature at all times – even when the engine is working under high loads for sustained periods.

THE FIRST-EVER BMW XM.THE FIRST-EVER BMW XM.

THE FIRST-EVER BMW XM.

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