The design of the new BMW XM.

EXTRAVAGANT STATEMENT.

The design of the new BMW XM.

EXTRAVAGANT STATEMENT.The design of the new BMW XM.

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.

 

BMW XM: Fuel consumption in l/100km (combined): 1.6-1.5 (WLTP); Electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 30.1-28.9 (WLTP); CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 36-33 (WLTP); Electric range in km: 82-88 (WLTP)

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BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel and Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design, next to the BMW XM

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
BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel and Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design, next to the BMW XM

BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel and Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design, next to the BMW XM

A host of distinctive accents give the XM a singularly extrovert aura.

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.

UNCONVENTIONAL FORM.

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.

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INNOVATIVE CHARACTER.

With large, clearly designed surfaces including a small number of short, structure-giving lines, the exterior design of the BMW XM takes its cues from BMW’s modern design language. Innovative character pervades the car’s outward appearance through the model-specific integration of powerful contours, a dynamic silhouette and brawny D-pillars. The result from any angle is an inimitable combination of imposing charisma, sporting potency and the type of robust character for which BMW X models are renowned.

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The front of the BMW XM.

THE FRONT END.

An unequivocal expression of presence and performance.

The progressive front-end design developed exclusively for the top-end members of BMW’s model line-up has been given a bespoke reworking for the BMW XM, bringing its supreme presence and remarkable performance equally to the fore. Smooth surfaces and sharp edges bring clarity and confidence to the front end. Alongside the fresh interpretation of the twin headlights and BMW M kidney grille, the large air intakes are also a defining feature of the front end. The sensor and camera systems required for the driver assistance tech are integrated discreetly into the front apron.

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Detail: The front end 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.

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Detail: The front end 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.

Detail: Kidney and emblem 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.

THE BMW M KIDNEY GRILLE.

For the first time unbroken light ring.

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.

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The surface design of the powerfully sculpted bonnet also picks up on the contours of the high-rising BMW M kidney grille. Out of this emerges sharply cut flanks, a pair of power domes and a central indent, at the front of which is the BMW logo. In customary M fashion, airflow is channelled precisely as needed to cool the drive system, transmission and brakes. Meanwhile, air curtains located at the outer edges of the front apron steer the air not required for cooling purposes carefully around the wheels to optimise the BMW XM’s aerodynamic properties.

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The BMW XM in profile.
“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.

The long bonnet and dynamically stretched passenger cell of the BMW XM form a distinctive two-box design. The heavily raked windscreen and long roofline – which swoops down smoothly as it approaches the rear of the car – clearly emphasise the coupé-like character of the silhouette. Its sporting aura is further accentuated by a side window graphic that tapers markedly towards the rear and the powerful D-pillars. The window graphic is bordered by a gold-coloured accent band. This innovative design feature with historical references brings a boldly distinctive flourish to the sides of the car. 

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The BMW XM in side profile.

Similarly to the black strip running along the body of the BMW M1, the BMW XM has an accent band emerging from the front wheel arches, in this case bearing “XM” lettering.

The BMW XM in profile from behind.

And as it approaches the D-pillar, the band turns upwards in a fresh imagining of the time-honoured Hofmeister kink.

The expansive surfaces of the XM’s flanks are given structure by a number of short character lines. These are boldly presented at their starting points, but quickly fade, imbuing the surface design with additional visual modernity and agility. Borders painted in Black high-gloss along the lower edges of the body and around the wheel arches underscore the considerable ground clearance offered by the BMW XM and its rugged charisma. The M exterior mirrors have a highly distinctive design with aerodynamically optimised contouring. The mirror caps and bases are painted in Black.

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BMW XM Exterior

BMW XM – EXTERIOR.

HERITAGE.

Muscular rear end with bold design features.

Another nod to the BMW M1 can be found at the rear of the second model developed exclusively by BMW M GmbH. There is a notable indent at the rear of the BMW XM’s roof and BMW logos have been engraved into the rear window below the right- and left-hand cant rails. A special laser engraving technique ensures the logos stand out with rich contrast against the dark glass surface. Their arrangement recalls the pair of BMW roundels positioned at the rear end of the legendary mid-engined sports car.

 

“The heritage elements show the strong connection to our history, but we’ve interpreted everything anew”, says Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design. “There’s the black band on the BMW M1, which splits the vehicle graphically. We’ve used it too, but in a very different way, combined with the window graphics and the front lights. Or the tail pipes, of course in quadruple form. But not round. The double logos from the back of the M1 are lasered onto the rear window of the BMW XM. So we’ve used quotes, but employed them very differently. They’re hints, but not retro, no copies.”

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REINTERPRETATION.

Tailpipe trims stacked vertically for the first time.

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.

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BMW XM

Vertically arranged reflectors border the rear apron at either side.

BMW XM

THE FIRST-EVER BMW XM

Ultimate electrified M Power.

THE FIRST-EVER BMW XM

Ultimate electrified M Power.

BMW XM: Fuel consumption in l/100km (combined): 1.6-1.5 (WLTP); Electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 30.1-28.9 (WLTP); CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 36-33 (WLTP); Electric range in km: 82-88 (WLTP)

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  • The models illustrated include optional equipment.

    Official data on power consumption and electric range were determined in accordance with the mandatory measurement procedure and comply with Regulation (EU) 715/2007 valid at the time of type approval. In case of a range, figures in the NEDC take into account differences in the selected wheel and tire size; figures in the WLTP take into account any optional equipment. WLTP values are used for assessing taxes and other vehicle-related charges that are (also) based on CO2 emissions, as well as for the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies, if applicable. Where applicable, the NEDC values listed were calculated based on the new WLTP measurement procedure and then converted back to the NEDC measurement procedure for comparability reasons. For newly type-tested vehicles since 01.01.2021, the official data no longer exist according to NEDC, but only according to WLTP. For more information on the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures, see https://www.bmw.com/wltp.

    For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

    All vehicles, equipment, combination possibilities and varieties shown here are examples and can differ in your country. In no way do they constitute a binding offer by the BMW M GmbH. Visit your local BMW website or see your authorised BMW M Retailer for accurate details on the offers in your country.