BMW has unveiled a new concept of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the first in its M-class to be equipped with an electric motor, the company said. The BMW XM will go into production at the company’s Spartanburg, South Carolina plant from late 2022, the company said in a press release.
The BMW XM concept features a V8 engine combined with an electric motor to deliver 750 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. BMW spokesman Jay Hanson clarified in an email to The edge that although the production version of the XM has a V8 engine mated to a plug-in hybrid system, “the horsepower and torque figures should be considered preliminary for now.”
The company said the unusual design of the front, with two large nostril-shaped openings, shows a new direction for its future luxury vehicles which includes an illuminated version of its black grille.
The interior features “vintage-looking leather,” with a curved screen that combines the dashboard and infotainment screen into one design, Hanson said. BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel said in a statement that the XM concept “represents a complete reimagining of the high performance vehicle segment.”
The company did not provide details on the cost of the vehicle.
Although the XM is not a fully electric vehicle, BMW is heading for an electrified future: the company said earlier this year that it expects 50% of its new vehicles to be fully electric by 2030 It is developing fully electric versions of its 5 Series and 7 Series sedans and its X1 SUV. But the iX3 will only be available in Europe and China, not the United States.