Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Four BMW Launches In December! XM Hybrid SUV, X7 & M340i Facelift And S1000 RR

BMW India is planning a product onslaught come December with many as four new offerings lined up for launch on December 10, 2022. The Bavarian auto giant has announced its ‘Joytown’ carnival that will see the all-new BMW XM plug-in hybrid SUV arriving in India. The XM will be joined by the BMW X7 and M340i xDrive facelifts as well as the 2023 BMW S 1000 RR.

The BMW XM is the brand’s new flagship offering and the second-ever bespoke M model to arrive since the mighty M1. The XM draws power from the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine coupled with an electric motor that belts out a combined output of 653PS and 800Nm of peak torque. The electric motor is paired with a 24.7 kWh battery pack that allows a range of 88 km on electric power alone. The XM SUV boasts stellar performance with 0-100kmph coming up in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 250kmph (electronically limited).

The BMW XM stands out with its distinctive design that remains true to the concept version. The split headlamps, prominent kidney grille, and raked rear windscreen are highlights. The model is about the same size as the X7 and has a rather hefty road presence. Prices should be around Rs. 1.5 crore (ex-showroom) and the model is likely to arrive in limited numbers.

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Up next, the BMW X7 facelift brings a mid-lifecycle update to the brand’s seven-seater SUV. The new X7 gets a heavily reworked front with a revised kidney grille design, new split headlamps, redesigned taillights and new bumpers with bigger air intakes. The cabin also gets a major update with the new single-piece curved display that houses the 14.9-inch central touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument console. The air vents and physical controls in the centre of the dashboard have been redesigned too.

The X7 facelift will get the 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol and diesel engine options that now come with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The turbo petrol motor develops 385PS and 540Nm of peak torque, while the 3.0-litre straight-six turbo diesel engine develops 355PS and 700Nm of peak torque with a 20Nm boost coming from the mild-hybrid system. Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.

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The 2023 BMW M340i xDrive is also on the cards and brings changes to the styling with tweaked headlamps, inverted L-shaped LED DRLs, revised grille and bumper. There are new alloy wheels at the side while the taillights have been reworked along with the bumper. The cabin gets a major update in the form of the single-piece curved display that runs the new iDrive 8 user interface. The M340i is also likely to get a mild-hybrid tech to the 3.0-litre straight-six turbo petrol engine.

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Finally, the 2023 BMW S 1000 RR will come to India with a bunch of upgrades including an updated 999 cc engine that gets a new intake geometry and funnels. The inline four-cylinder motor develops 210PS at 11,000RPM, 3PS more than before and 113Nm of peak torque at 14,600RPM, the same as the current model. The engine is paired with a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch and a bidirectional quickshifter. The bike also gets a revised chassis for more lateral flexibility, while the steering rake angle is slightly relaxed for better high-speed stability. The wheelbase has increased from 1441mm to 1457mm. The new S 1000 RR also comes with a new slide control function and Brake Slide Assist features. The bike will arrive as a CBU with prices expected around Rs. 25 lakh (ex-showroom).

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