As a vehicle that celebrates BMW M’s 50th anniversary, the XM is a flagship SUV that is supposed to serve as the brand’s commemorative gift to itself. The 2024 BMW XM is the first bespoke M car since the M1 in the 1970s, and it’s also the first time that the bespoke M car is an SUV–a sign of ever-changing times. The XM has finally reached the Philippines, and here are the specs that you need to know.
The 2024 BMW XM comes with styling that carries over a lot from the concept car from two years ago. Upfront, there’s that obnoxiously-large LED-lit kidney grille, stacked LED headlights with separate units for the LED daytime running lights, and a side profile that carries over the swage line of the concept. For the Philippine-spec XM, 22-inch forged wheels come as standard. The rear end doesn’t come with the BMW logo on the tailgate. Instead, the logo (or logos) is laser-etched onto the upper edges of the rear windshield, which pays homage to the M1 supercar.
The interior of the 2024 BMW XM is just as dramatic but done in a less controversial manner. Customers can choose an interior color scheme for the XM’s interior that suits their color preferences. The top layer of the dash is even finished in vintage leather, and when combined with the available bright colors, the XM’s interior screams plenty of nightclub vibes. Ditto the ambient LED lighting, especially at the 3D-patterned roof where it even plays a host of effects depending on the drive mode or when starting up the vehicle. As expected, the 2023 BMW XM comes with the latest iDrive 8 with twin curved displays. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard, and so are amenities like a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system.
Of course, what you’re probably interested in finding out is how much power this produces. In the Philippines, only the standard XM will be sold, which means that its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that’s mated to a gearbox-mounted single electric motor. This enables a total output of 644 hp and 800 Nm of torque, which is sent through all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic.
While this is indeed a lot of power, this large SUV weighs an astonishing 2,750 kg. Its 0-100 kph time of 4.1 seconds, however, is impressive considering its size and weight.
BMW’s engineers also managed to split is weight distribution to nearly 50:50 front-to-rear. And while the XM comes with all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard, the M Sport differential can shift power to each side of the vehicle to make the car turn better. Likewise, being an M car, power is biased towards the rear, and it’s also the first BMW M car to come with rear-axle steering.
The 2024 BMW XM is now on sale in the Philippines with a price tag of P15,890,000. Because this is a plug-in hybrid, the XM is able to benefit from the provisions of the EVIDA law, such a coding exemption.