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BMW Malaysia officially launches the BMW XM; priced at RM1.4 mil for the high-performance SAV with electrified drive

BMW Malaysia has officially launches the latest BMW XM, the first BMW M GmbH high-performance SAV with electrified drive. The event aims to give local media a quick preview of the model as it is scheduled to reach Malaysian shores this June 2023.

BMW XM features the seamless BMW M HYBRID drive system, coupled with model-specific M suspension technology to create an unmatched, dynamic driving experience. BMW XM production has started last December 2022 at the US BMW Group Spartanburg plant.

Hans de Visser, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia, expresses, “We are beyond thrilled to introduce the BMW XM to Malaysia. This exclusive Sports Activity Vehicle is the first-ever BMW M GmbH high-performing car to feature an M HYBRID drive system, thus extending the realm of e-mobility within the high-performance car segment in Malaysia. It is an electrifying reinvention of automotive ideals and the extreme performance characteristics will make every drive a luxurious experience for our Malaysian customers and supporters.” 

The BMW XM marks the dawn of a new era: for the first time since the introduction of the legendary BMW M1 in the 1970s, BMW M GmbH is presenting an independently-developed production model – one that possesses exceptional specifications in every respect. Uncompromising in both performance and impression, the special status of the BMW XM is reflected in many individual details, with material quality, workmanship and exclusivity underpinning its exceptional status.  

Uncompromising and unmistakable.

The BMW XM brings a combination design language of the BMW X models with bold extroversion and uncompromising elegance. It features the M Aerodynamics Package and M High-Gloss Shadow Line, with Extended Contents available for the Shadow Line profile. Other than that, Adaptive LED headlights with High-beam Assistant are also included as standard.

From the front, BMW XM features a large kidney grille with hallmark M horizontal double louvres, furnished with illuminated kidney grille contours. Above it, sits two power domes as elements of the expressively sculpted bonnet. Flanking the grilles are slender, extremely defined headlights, which are split into two separate modules each for daytime running lights and low/high beam.

Onto the sides, it has a sloping roofline, which lends it a particularly muscular and commanding appearance. With a distinctly tapered rear, the side windows offer a striking accent that emphasises the vehicle’s dynamic profile. Enhancing the side profile is a nightgold-coloured trim strip running parallel to the window line. 23-inch M Light-Alloy Wheels Star Spoke Style 923 M Bicolour Night Gold Accent (23-inch M Light-Alloy Wheels Star Spoke Style 923 M Bicolour Black Accent for Shadow Line profile) denote its bold and sporty character, while the charger cap signifies its status as a plug-in hybrid SAV.

To make the BMW XM looks prominent, it has a distinctively flared wheel arches along with its width is further emphasised by the slimline and sharply defined L-shaped taillights. The XM also brings a first for any M models, a hexagonal two twin tailpipes design that creates a unique interpretation of a signature M feature.

As for dimensions, the XM measures 5,110 mm in length, 2,005 mm (2,235 if inclusive of side mirrors) in width and 1,755 mm in height, while its wheelbase measures 3,105 mm. Luggage capacity for the SAV is measured at 527 litres, which is expandable to 1,820 litres.

Exquisite exterior, stunning interior.

The XM brings an equally stunning on the inside too. Besides the interior trim finishers in carbon fibre, the cabin is defined by the BMW Curved Display, consisting of an Information Display and a high-resolution touchscreen Control Display. A familiar BMW driver orientation, as well as BMW M-specific displays ensure that the driver has total control of all driving functions and data at any point in time. Visually denoting the M status of the SAV are the M Leather Steering Wheel, M Seat Belts and M Multifunctional Seats. 

Besides that, new vintage leather has been utilised on the door panels, as well as the upper sections of the instrument panel – enhanced further by a special finishing process that brings out the natural characteristics of the Walknappa leather to perfection. For greater comfort, active seat ventilation and 4-zone automatic air conditioning control are included. Massage function is also available for the driver and front passenger. On the other hand, ambient light and BMW Iconic Sounds Electric further enhance the atmosphere within the cabin, while in-car entertainment is provided by the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System.

Moving on towards the rear of the cabin, the M Lounge provides a bold contrast to the cockpit. First-class seating comfort is ensured by a full-width rear seat bench that curves and encloses the passengers. Meanwhile, sophisticated upholstery lends the space an exclusive lounge feel. Finally, Alcantara headliner with its prismatic 3D structure creates a visual highlight that contributes to a unique sense of space, perfectly showcasing workmanship and comfort in the most impressive manner.

More powerful than ever, with superb agility.

The BMW XM is the first BMW M model with a plug-in hybrid drive. With a combination of an internal combustion engine – itself delivering 360 kw / 489 hp and a maximum torque of 650 Nm – with an electric motor adds an extra edge to its hallmark M performance while simultaneously increasing efficiency. At its unveiling, the XM comes exclusively with the M HYBRID technology, based on an all-new 4.4-litre M TwinPower Turbo V8.  At the same time, in conjunction with the flap-controlled sports exhaust system, a striking soundscape that perfectly matches the vehicle’s extroverted character is created.

Total powertrain output for XM is rated at 480 kW / 653 hp and 800 Nm of torque, delivered via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission. 0-100km/h takes just 4.3 seconds. With the inclusion of Launch Control, maximum accelerated is ensured from a standstill. However, the top speed is capped at 250 km/h (270 km/h with the M Driver’s package, which is included as standard), while electric top speed is capped at 140 km/h.

The SAV also inherits the ntelligent M xDrive all-wheel drive system as standard for impressive driving dynamics, optimum handling and maximum traction. In addition to the basic 4WD setting, drivers can select the 4WD Sport mode, which is biased to the rear and makes for superb agility. When driving on loose surfaces, the 4WD Sand mode is available to optimise traction, achieved as the standard M Sport differential ensures variable distribution of drive power between the rear wheels for improved traction and driving stability.

With Adaptive M Suspension Professional as standard, XM is equipped with electronically controlled dampers and features Active Roll Stabilisation that reduces lateral body movements. This creates greater agility and improved cornering behaviour. Besides that, Integral Active Steering is another component of the chassis design – by turning the rear wheels in tandem with the front wheel at higher speeds, greater vehicle stability is ensured. At lower speeds, the rear wheels instead steer in the opposite direction of the front wheels, improving manoeuvrability. 

In addition to the vehicle’s low centre of gravity, advanced control systems such as the actuator-based wheel slip limitation also contribute to the supremely dynamic handling of the BMW XM. Optimum deceleration is ensured by the standard M Sport brakes in Black High-Gloss, with 508 mm compound brake discs on the front axle.

Meanwhile, the high-voltage battery located deep in the vehicle floor enables an all-electric range of up to 88 kilometres. The SAV can be charged at up to 7.4 kW at an AC charging station. With a battery capacity of 25.7 kWh (net), a complete charge from 0% to 100% takes 4 hours and 15 minutes.

Perfect connectivity, optimal ease of use.

The BMW XM is equipped with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, featuring a 12.3-inch Information Display, which works in tandem with the 14.9-inch Control Display to ensure uncluttered functionality. In addition, the integrated BMW Head-Up Display offers optimal viewing in the driver’s line of sight, further increasing the vehicle’s ease of use. Together with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, the M specific BMW Operating System 8 enables intuitive control of vehicle functions using natural speech. 

Additionally, it is also equipped with a range of other digital features and services such as the BMW ID, which ensures personalised settings are loaded as soon as the vehicle is unlocked, as well as BMW Gesture Control, which enhances communication with the car by enabling the use of defined gestures to operate certain functions. Other features include the Connected Package Professional I, Intelligent Emergency Call, Teleservices, Connected Drive Services and Smartphone Integration (Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto).

Besides that, with Comfort Access, it can also recognise the vehicle’s key from a distance and unlock its doors automatically, offering greater convenience. Alternatively, drivers can also use their smart device (if compatible) as a contactless key with the BMW Digital Key Plus feature, enabling them to automatically unlock their vehicle door when approaching the vehicle.

In the XM, numerous assistance systems come together to support the driver and enhance the driving experience. Equipped as standard is the Driving Assistant Professional, which includes features such as Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Automatic Speed Limit Assist, Lane Change Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go, Lane Departure Warning, Front/Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, Emergency Stop Assistant and Evasion Assistant. On the other hand, the standard Parking Assistant Plus includes Reversing Assist, Lateral Parking Aid, Active Park Distance Control, and Surround View system. Other safety features include the Attentiveness Assistant, Acoustic Protection for Pedestrians and Active Protection.

Exterior colour offerings for the BMW XM include Cape York Green, Carbon Black, Marina Bay Blue, Toronto Red, Mineral White, Black Sapphire and Dravit Grey. As for interior upholstery, available offerings include Leather Merino Deep Lagoon with exclusive contents, Leather Merino Silverstone with exclusive contents, Leather Merino Black and Leather Merino Sakhir Orange.

Dynamic financial programme

With the Straight Line Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, the First-Ever BMW XM can be owned with a monthly instalment plan starting from RM 16,698.00 (based on estimates of an 80% loan on a seven-year tenure).

Complete premium ownership experience.

Owners of the BMW XM will receive the complete BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience which includes:

• BMW 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Programme

• BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline

• The BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App – BMW Privileges Card

• BMW Service Online

The retail pricing (on the road, without insurance) for the BMW XM with Extended 5-Year Warranty & Service Package is:

BMW XMRM 1,398,800.00

Customers are encouraged to contact their preferred dealerships to learn more or visit https://www.bmw.com.my/en/all-models/m-series/xm/2022/bmw-xm-overview.html

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