The all-new 2023 BMW XM is not just a head-turning luxury hybrid SUV, it’s a technological advancement that redefines their driving experience inside and out. BMW enthusiasts will recognize that this is the first XM in the unveiling of the M-only model since the M1 sports car that launched four decades ago, exclaiming that a new day is here for this automaker.

The entire exterior dressed in BMW’s signature Cape York Green Metallic is space-age level, from the sleek front with illuminated “kidney grille” to the three-dimensional taillights, carbon fiber trim, 23-inch alloy wheels, four-tailpipe exhaust system, and iconic M Sport embellishments. 

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Addressing muscle, BMW takes this SUV to the next level. The XM’s main engine is supported by an electric motor collectively flexing a powerful 4.4 L M twinpower turbo V8 32-valve engine and is accompanied by an electric motor that can collectively flex 644 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, plus variable valve control, an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission, and launch control for a rocket-type launch from a standing start. The feel is summarized as a stable, yet very responsive attack on the road tamed by the always welcomed M sport brakes with black calipers for a controlled ride. 

When the doors open, luxury does not take the backseat. Eyes are welcomed to the captivating fiber-optic lighting with 100 LEDs illuminating the three-dimensional, prism-textured Alcantara resulting in a cozy, intimate feel. The interior’s cockpit is decorated with a Deep Lagoon/Vantage Coffee Leather pairing, multi-function sport seats with lumbar support, and a massage option to make every excursion a whoosah moment. BMW’s newest iDrive system, the Live Cockpit Pro package, a vibrant 14.9-inch infotainment screen, Apple and Android connectivity, and voice-activated virtual assistant deliver the necessary technology to make the conductor secure with any situation that surfaces. The diamond-quilted backseat aka M Lounge gets a spacious row complete with ambient lighting, custom pillows, and temperature controls to combat inclement weather. All ears get treated to the optional, state-of-the-art Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System serving as a personal concert for any song played ($3,400). Note that there is a Harman Kardon sound system that comes “standard” which provides stellar sound, as well.

While luxury, comfort and entertainment are obvious standouts, the XM shows the environment some love, too. As a plug-in hybrid, it delivers an impressive 46 MPG fuel economy, making it an eco-friendly choice without compromising performance. 

In terms of convenience and safety, the XM offers adaptive LED headlights, Active Driving Assistant Professional, rain-sensing windshield wipers, active blindspot detection, lane departure warning, surround view cameras with 3D, and numerous other applications which come standard. Plus, with a fast charger and flexible charging options thanks to a front-fender charging point, you can hit the road swiftly without worrying about running out of power. BMW does a decent job combatting buyer’s remorse as well, with their Ultimate Care 3-year/36,000 miles maintenance program. 

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Overall, if the price range is up your alley, the 2023 BMW XM’s mission to set new standards in the world of hybrid vehicles is off to a remarkable start.

Fuel Economy: 46 MPGe combined electric + gasoline. 

Price: $159,000 MSRP ($168,396 as reviewed with M Driver’s Package, Bowers & Wilkins Sound System, and optional color schemes

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