BMW’s teaser campaign for its upcoming XM SUV is well underway at this point. The latest teaser, a video posted to the company’s US social media channels, ramps up the excitement with a frenetic collection of back-to-back jumps, eerie visuals and a punchy soundtrack.
The BMW XM will debut on Tuesday, September 27, and the latest teaser doesn’t reveal much ahead of the model’s big day. The short video highlights the SUV’s illuminated grille and split headlight design, which BMW has teased before. The video also previews XM and BMW badging.
We won’t see the model’s final design until the reveal, but we do have information on the powertrain. When the XM arrives, it will pack a plug-in hybrid configuration that will pair with the brand’s 4.4-liter S68 twin-turbocharged V8. This new engine will produce 644 horsepower (485 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (884 Newton-meters) of torque in the SUV.
It has an estimated 30-mile (48-kilometer) electric range, and it could be called the XM 50e when it hits showrooms, but nothing is definitive. The powertrain will be mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox.
A more powerful version is under development. When BMW first introduced the XM as a concept, the vehicle had 750 hp (551 kW) and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque under the hood. This powertrain will arrive in the so-called Black Label variant which will debut next year, and it will not be a competition model.
A large SUV might seem like an odd vehicle for BMW M to build, but the vehicle will have the technology and hardware to help reduce the feel of its size and create an engaging driving experience. It will have active anti-roll bars and rear wheel steering will help the driver maneuver the large model. The XM’s interior remains a mystery, with BMW’s iDrive8 infotainment system taking center stage with dash-mounted displays.
The BMW XM will debut next week, and then we should learn all the juicy details. The XM is the second vehicle the M brand has ever built and won’t be around forever. XM’s production will end in November 2027, and it’s unclear what will come next, if at all.