RUMOR: More Affordable BMW XM 50e Won't Come To America

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A company insider has said the entry-level PHEV derivative won't be arriving on our shores.

According to a company insider, the rumored BMW XM 50e will not be making its way to America.

User ynguldyn, who has previously made accurate predictions regarding future BMW models, shared on Bimmer Post that the entry-level XM SUV won't be heading to the States. As per the post, the 50e and the range-topping XM Label Red will debut in August this year.

The former is expected to utilize the 3.0-liter plug-in hybrid powerplant found in the 750e luxury sedan. With combined outputs of 490 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, it would have been sufficiently powered for most needs. Those in America will have to opt for the $159,000 XM with 644 hp and 590 lb-ft.

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No reason has been given why the XM inline-six won't arrive in America. There's a possibility that BMW USA wants to market the SUV as high-end, and adding a cheaper model may dilute the image. A fully-loaded derivative will cost around $170,000, placing it in the same arena as top Porsche Cayenne models and within spitting distance of the Lamborghini Urus.

But a more expensive, more powerful version is also on the way. Scheduled to arrive at the same time as the XM 50e is the Label Red derivative. We can expect a 735-hp V8 engine that should startle the opposition. Naturally, this option will carry a premium and we won't be surprised if it breaches the $200,000 mark.

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If the rumor is true, it's a shame the base XM won't be heading to our shores. We assume it would retail for $140,000 or so, which could bring more buyers into the fold. But fans of the US-built luxury SUV have reason to celebrate.

The more potent XM Label Red (pictured below), which first leaked in September, will prove its mettle at the 2023 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June. This is a few months before the forum indicates it will be revealed, suggesting BMW may take a prototype up the hill instead.

It would make for an ideal venue to launch an M car, though, and for BMW to prove that the SUV is worthy of wearing the hallowed M badge.


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