BMW XM delivers luxury interior

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For its first high-performance vehicle with an electrified drive system, BMW has ensured the interior stands up to the bold look of the car’s exterior.

High-quality interior surfaces adorn the cockpit, with BMW’s Curved Display placed on a matt carbon surface which also features on the vehicle’s center console. Carbon elements are fitted within the instrument panel and contrast the wide, pearl-effect chrome air vent surrounds.

For the front seats the OEM has fitted M multifunction front seats as standard specification with electric adjustment for seating position, head restraint height, thigh support, backrest angle, backrest width and backrest upper section. Pneumatic lumbar support adjustment, memory function, heated and ventilated seats and a massage function contribute to making the driver and passengers more comfortable.

BMW’s Individual Merino leather is used as standard with interior and seat surfaces in black and contrast stitching in black grey. The upper section of the instrument panel and door shoulders have been covered in black nappa leather along with the headliner and A, B and C pillars. Imitation leather is used in the lower sections of the instrument panel, door trim panels and back of the front seats.

Coffee brown vintage leather can also be selected for the upper sections of the instrument and door trim panels to provide a strong contrast within the interior. The German OEM states that these materials have been processed using a new technique to deliberately emphasize the material’s natural characteristics.

These materials flow into the rear of the vehicle, into what the German OEM has called the M Lounge. The rear seat bench features two outer seats and a full-size third center seat. Three-dimensional diamond quilting extends into the door trim panels, with diamond-shaped contours on the upper section of the backrest and head restraints. The sides of the backrests extend into the door trim panels, enabling passengers in the outer rear seats to face one another. Heated seats within the rear include the side panels, seat surfaces and backrests.

Ambient lighting features in the form of LED illumination for the instrument panel, center console, door trim panels, footwells, speaker trim and headliner. The headliner illumination can display pulses of light during an incoming phone call or if there is a collision risk when opening a door.

The standard specification vehicle has 16 Harman Kardon Surround Sound speakers which deliver 415W. Available as an optional extra is a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with 20 speakers and 1,500W amplifier. This option benefits from a digital seven-channel amplifier and four additional sound sources in the roof area to provide a multi-layered 3D sound experience.

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After spending six years working as a mechanic for various motorsport and high-end performance car companies, Callum joined UKi Media & Events in February 2020 as an assistant editor. In this role he uses his vast practical knowledge and passion for automotive to produce informative news pieces for multiple vehicle-related sectors.

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