The BMW XM may have the gravitas to run toe-to-toe with Lamborghinis and Aston Martins in the wild, but it still emphasizes luxury to the core. “For us, the focus was clearly on the rear area,” said Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design. “In the BMW XM, an M customer should enjoy an M experience for the first time in the back of the car.”
For example, the XM’s rear seats have an “exclusive lounge atmosphere” with heated backrests that extend to the sides. Meanwhile, the area is shrouded in three-dimensional diamond quilting, soft-touch Merino leather, and pillow cushions in quilted Alcantara.
Vintage leather option
Adding a pleasant contrast to the BMW XM’s leather and Alcantara interior is vintage Nappa leather in Coffee Brown for the upper dashboard and door trims. But unlike other carmakers like Rolls-Royce or Aston Martin that only use leather with zero visible defects, the folks at BMW M took the opposite route. BMW’s vintage leather undergoes a “special finishing process” to deliberately emphasize creases, insect bites, or scars, which means no two vintage leather panels are alike.