The new BMW XM Hybrid is many things: a high-horsepower, very expensive, classy SUV, which is the first hybrid from the BMW Motorsports GmbH, aka “M” sports division.

The specs of the plug-in hybrid powertrain are impressive:

-TwinPower Turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 engine
-644HP + 590lb-ft of torque
-0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds
-8-speed M Steptronic transmission
-194-hp electric motor
-317-volt battery pack 25.7-kWh battery pack (30 mile e-driving range)

The look is muscular, angular, and imposing, possibly indicating a new design language from BMW for its hybrid and electric vehicles. A full recharge of the hybrid takes just over three hours. Bigger than the X5 and X6, but smaller than the X7, if it’s not an XM it might be an X8. The 6062-pound SUV uses Adaptive M suspension dampers, while the xDrive all-wheel-drive system sends power to all four wheels on rear-biased, 23-inch wheels.

It arrives in April 2023 with an MSRP of $159,995.

BMW has launched a series of plug-in hybrids, and the XM will be the marque’s top-of-the-line. Maybe or not. If the XM isn’t powerful (or expensive) enough for you, the BMW XM “Label Red” will follow shortly after the XM Hybrid. With over 735 hp and 735 lb-ft of torque, MSRP starts at $185,000.

Sources: BMW, Autoweek and AW

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