First-ever BMW XM launched in India


Remember that pig-nosed BMW XM we saw a couple of months ago? Well, it is now available in India as well, priced at INR 2,60,00,000, ex-showroom, Pan India. Just FYI, in Germany, the same money will buy you an XM and a 911 Carrera T, and still have some money left for a weekend party. Why such a ridiculous price tag? Well, it is being imported to India as a completely built-up unit (CBU), and India imposes up to 100% customs tax on new imported cars depending on the vehicle’s value and other variables. But anyway, deliveries are expected to commence in May 2023.

Key features for the Indian market include adaptive LED headlights with high-beam assistant; Kidney grille with contour lighting; 22-inch M light-alloy wheels (23-inch optional); M high-gloss Shadowline extended contents; 4-zone climate control; massage function for front seats; BMW Live Cockpit Professional (12.3-inch driver display and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen); 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, and more. Download the brochure here.

Safety systems include airbags; Attentivess Assistant; Cornering Brake Control; Dynamic Stability Control; Acoustic protection for pedestrians; TPMS, and more.


The XM is a plug-in hybrid model that combines a 4.4-litre (4,395 cc) V8 twin-turbo petrol engine with an electric motor integrated into the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The ICE produces 360 kW (489.5 metric hp) max power and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of max torque, while the e-motor alone develops 145 kW (197 metric hp) and 280 Nm (206.5 lb-ft) of peak figures. The combined figures are 480 kW (653 metric hp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft).

The official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 4.3 seconds while the top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). But if you pay extra, BMW won’t mind increasing the top speed to 270 km/h (168 mph). The top speed on electric power alone is 140 km/h (87 mph). As for the battery pack, you got 25.7 kWh of usable capacity, which according to BMW, should get you anywhere between 82 and 88 km (51-55 mi) of pure-electric range.

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