SUVs are not breaking news – they are ubiquitous thanks to our fascination for high-riding vehicles nowadays and BMW has been enjoying the success of its crossover and SUV range since the BMW X5 appeared at the turn of the century.
Whereas you can order a model such as the X3 or X5 in the performance-oriented ‘M’ trim, the all-new BMW XM hybrid is being billed as a performance SUV with the ‘M’ heritage, design and performance characteristics built-in from the start.
However, the BMW XM is also a bold expression of the brand’s new design philosophy, and this is particularly evident inside the upcoming SUV.
We take a brief look at the interior design of this premium vehicle to see why it stands out and why it should perhaps get lauded for its style and extravagance.
Inside The BMW XM’s Cabin – A Wonderful-Yet-Quirky Design
Upon first seeing the images of the BMW XM’s inside, you are likely to notice its use of color.
BMW interiors – and indeed the interiors of most vehicles – were usually formed from varying shades of anodyne black plastic, but automotive interior design has moved on substantially in the last decade or two.
The pièce de résistance of the XM’s cabin is perhaps the impressive splash of color and texture thanks to the aged-look, vintage brown leather on the dashboard, a material which also runs across the door sills, and the brown theme extends up the Alcántara-coated pillars to the roof. In the headliner, there are LEDs to illuminate the whole upper area with mood lighting.
Next, BMW’s vintage leather theme contrasts with a teal-like blue leather upholstery over the seats and the rear part of the cabin the brand refers to as an ‘M Lounge’.
The blue color also spans the lower door panels and despite the unlikely pairing of coffee and blue coloring, it all results in an interior that looks bright and interesting from all angles.
The Details Of The BMW XM’s Interior
A large screen which spans from the digital gauge cluster across to the middle of the dashboard is the centerpiece of the cabin as it is in most cars today, and it features two individual screens – a 12.3” digital cluster and 14.9” infotainment panel.
There is an available Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System, and the trim around the speakers, door handles and air vents are a contrasting aluminum.
If that wasn’t enough of a mix of materials and textures, BMW throws in some carbon fiber for good measure, to make sure the ‘M’ motorsport theme is well-understood.
All the usual accouterments and features available in modern luxury cars will of course be present in the new XM and thanks to the minimalist design of the dashboard, the cabin looks tidy and elegant as a lot of functions get controlled via the infotainment system.
BMW scatters ‘M’ badging and colors about the place including on the seat belt fabric, and the ‘M’ logo features on the front seat headrests – they even illuminate, so that even in the dark you will be once again reminded that this is an ‘M’ car.
BMW Hits A Home Run With The XM’s Interior
As the German automaker states in their press release on the BMW XM, “A generous feeling of space, high-quality materials and extravagant design transform the rear of the BMW XM into an exclusive M Lounge. Heated backrests extending well into the sides of the rear compartment and specially designed cushions offer passengers luxurious levels of comfort”.
It is perhaps interesting that the BMW XM gets marketed as a blend of both ‘M’ performance and opulence, luxury and sophistication – as we can see in the images, sophistication needn’t be synonymous with restraint and anodyne color themes anymore.
As for the everyday driving experience – assuming you will be driving and not sitting up back in the luxurious seats – BMW says: “The BMW XM comes as standard with BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which brings with it an M-specific version of the latest-generation multisensory vehicle experience BMW iDrive, …the new display grouping and the ever-expanding capabilities of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant mean the new BMW iDrive has been deliberately geared towards touch operation and gesture control as well as dialogue using natural language”.
Coming Soon To A Theatre Near You: The BMW XM Label Red
The standard BMW XM will start to become available from the start of 2023 though the much-anticipated Label Red version will also be coming later towards the end of next year.
It will feature “Further enhanced dynamics thanks to 750 hp and 738 lb-ft” and a combination of ‘Frozen Carbon Black’ with ‘Toronto Red’ on the outside and inside.
BMW uses a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and hybrid system for the XM and as standard the power figures are still impressive with up to 653 hp on offer and BMW say that the XM is the most powerful SUV it has ever made, and the Label Red will be BMW M’s most powerful car period.
Along with the beautiful interior and bold exterior the BMW XM promises to offer everything you could want in your luxurious and performance-focused SUV.