2023 BMW XM SUV is a 644 hp, 168 mph hybrid-electric hostile architecture

A fiercely styled SUV is parked in front of a white wall.

Well, it’s not subtle.
Photo: BMW

Despite BMW’shostile architecture but made it a car”Stance to style over the past few years, it’s hard to say the company hasn’t pushed the boundaries in technology and performance. The all-new XM SUV (which just debuted on Tuesday) is a perfect example of this.

Not only is it BMW’s flagship model and not only does it produce 644 horsepower, but it’s also a plug-in hybrid. It’s also technically BMW’s first M-only model since the 1970 M1, although it shares a platform with the X7. It is also remarkably similar to the XM Concept we saw not too long ago.

Powering the XM is an updated version of BMW’s tried-and-true 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 438 horsepower on its own. It is then mated to a 194 hp electric motor. and a 29.5 kilowatt-hour battery to generate the final system output of 644 hp. and 590 pound-feet of torque. BMW claims that’s good enough for a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph.

Brown and blue luxury leather SUV interior.

The optional vintage leather interior is pretty cool.
Photo: BMW

Unsurprisingly, this new technological horror includes BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system, which in this case is primarily rear-wheel drive, which should help the XM feel sportier than it would otherwise. It also comes standard with four-wheel steering, adaptive suspension and a 48-volt active sway system.

BMW will offer the XM in a veritable rainbow of paint colors, trim colors (including the crazy NightGold you see here) and interior colors, so if you don’t like the press photos, then don’t give up all hope; there may be an XM to suit you. Of course, if you want one, you’ll need to pony up a fat wad of cash to the tune of $159,995, including a $995 destination charge, making it the most expensive Bimmer you can buy.

The XM is expected to go into production by the end of the year at BMW’s assembly plant in Spartanville, South Carolina, where the rest of BMW’s SUVs are built.

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