Rumors: Model Not Coming to US.
BMW created a stir yesterday in exposing the mighty 738 horsepower XM Label Red, but without making too much noise, it also put out updated information on its webpage regarding an alternative option that is lesser in power – the BMW XM 50e with a six-cylinder engine.
The XM 50e may exhibit the same questionable looks as other high-end variants of its range, boasting a practical 3.0L turbocharged inline-six plug-in hybrid engine at the same time; creating 469 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Just like the higher quality editions, potency is given to all four wheels through the seamless shifting eight-speed M Steptronic automatic gearbox.
In a span of no more than 5.1 seconds, the vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph, which is deficient for any M car today, notably one that is claimed to be unaltered M instead of just an M Performance version. Preliminary WLTP appraisals reassure that the XM 50e can drive up to 47-51 miles on electric energy lone, being consistent with the regular XM’s data.
Ordinarily, the XM 50e is provided with Adaptive M Suspension. Specifically engineered shock absorbers, active stabilizers, and dynamic steering collaborate to steer the large Bimmer around curves in an effortless manner.
When operating at high rates of speed, the rear wheels of the XM 50e move in unison with the front ones, thereby further supporting its evenness. For slower speeds, the rear wheels can rotate in the opposite direction and render more deftness while in cramped or restricted conditions.
As you might anticipate, the underlying XM obtains an M Sport rear differential that raises stability and agility by distributing energy amongst the back wheels. Clients have the capability to fashion the XM 50e to their personal preference, due to the M Setup that allows them to adjust the divers drive configurations.
Style-wise, the XM 50e offers dark exterior accents (gratefully forsaking the ostentatious decorations on Label Red variants) along with 23-inch M Performance rims and silver-etched M emblems. Noticeably, there is no sign of the 50e logo on the outside, making this least potent trimm seem to – at first sight – equate to its more powerful alternatives.
The illuminate M Kidney grilles won’t be desirable for many, yet it is the ideal look for XM’s clientele who value conspicuous design and lavish decoration. Within, the luxurious interior preserves all of the premium fittings and equipment present on other models, with BMW stating that the 50e variant will get a lit, intricately designed ceiling lining just as all other XM vehicles do.
Though not likely, it is possible BMW could provide the XM 50e locally; accordingly, we have reached out to the firm for their response, and will amend this article in light of whatever confirmation we receive. Regardless, Aston Martin has a DBX variant equipped with six cylinders that can only be acquired in China.
If you were eagerly anticipating the XM, you’ll have to pay a bit extra for either the Label Red or the pricier model priced at $159,000, which features a twin-turbo V8 engine with 644hp. But the top of the range is even more potent, possessing an extraordinary 738hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Both V8 models are assembled in Spartanburg, North Carolina.
We anticipate that further intel about the XM 50e should be released soon. For anyone who yearned for that attractive six-cylinder XM, it could be time to think about opting for the more useful and practical X7, which you can have in a seven seat configuration. All in all, the most economic option is the xDrive40i at $81,900 – making this a much easier decision!