BMW is planning something big for its South Carolina factory.
The Concept XM is a preview of a super-SUV it will build at the plant starting next year.
The blocky two-row model has a V8-based plug-in hybrid powertrain rated at 750 hp that makes it it the most powerful model BMW has ever made and allows it to drive for 30 miles on all-electric power.
It’s also the first model uniquely designed for its high performance M division since the original M1.
BMW said the oversized, angular double-kidney grille offers a first look at the direction of its upcoming luxury models and will be a key part of its “offensive” in the segment.
The interior is as bold as the body, combining a widescreen digital display with carbon fiber and coper trim, vintage leather, aquamarine upholstery and olive deep-pile carpet that gives it a modernized mid-century vibe.
The textured prismatic headliner is a particularly original touch.
Pricing and a release date for the production version has not been announced, but expect it to be at the top of the BMW range when it debuts.