2022 BMW X8 previewed in exclusive render: price, specs and release date

Ryan Hirons and Padraig Mallett
April 06, 2021

The BMW X8 will be a sportier coupe-styled version of the huge X7 when it goes on sale in 2022. Read more about this upcoming uber-luxurious SUV here.

  • BMW X8 on the way
  • Exclusive renders preview design
  • Coupe-SUV based on the X7
  • Will share X7’s engines
  • X8 M could have 750hp hybrid V8
  • X8 to cost from £80,000
  • Expected to arrive in late 2022

The BMW X8 is a new coupe-styled SUV that’s expected to go on sale in 2022. It’ll be built using the same underpinnings as the BMW X7 but offer a more aggressive design and further performance options to help it stack up against the most expensive versions of the Audi Q8. Read on for full details and exclusive renderings of this new range-topping SUV.

New BMW X8 Design

The BMW X8 will be one of the most imposing SUVs on the road. 

It’s clear to see the upcoming BMW X8 car has a more aggressive design than the X7 on which it’s based – most noticeably because of its coupe-like sloping roofline. If you hoped the X8 would do away with BMW’s huge kidney grilles, you’re out of luck – chances are they’ll be even larger than those on the X7.

This exclusive render pictures the X8 with large grilles and a more aggressive front bumper design

This exclusive render gives you an idea of what the new BMW X8 could look like when it arrives in 2022. The grille here has been blackened out to add to the sportier look the X8 will be going for, plus there’s an even more aggressive bumper design than you get on today’s X7. Unlike that car, the X8’s roofline slopes off towards the back to give it a coupe-SUV silhouette.

This camouflaged test-car shown in photos throughout appears to be fitted with temporary headlights – similar to the ones visible on prototype versions of the upcoming BMW i7 electric saloon. Large LED lamps with BMW’s signature daytime-running lights will be fitted to the finished car.

Here, you can see the X8 (camouflaged) has a very different roofline to the X7 (in white). 

The back end of this new BMW X8 is very well hidden under the camouflage wrap, but it appears as though the brake lights will be equally as wide and as slim as those fitted to the X7. Large exhausts are also expected to feature on the production car.

New BMW X8 engines and driving

Petrol, diesel and hybrid engines will almost certainly be available in the BMW X8. 

You can bet every new BMW X8 will come with a four-wheel-drive system and an automatic gearbox. The choice of engines is likely to mirror those available in the X7, so entry-level cars will come with six-cylinder 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines while more powerful models will get 4.4-litre V8s.

This prototype may be testing a hybrid system shared with the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid. 

The test car in these photos wears a sticker on the rear that reads ‘hybrid test vehicle’. This suggests the BMW X8 could come with the same plug-in hybrid drive system that’s in the X5 xDrive45e, which features a 3.0-litre straight-six turbocharged petrol engine, a 111hp electric motor and a 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

A range-topping X8 M model could go on sale, too. If so, this flagship SUV would feature a version of the 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine from the 620hp BMW M5 Competition saloon. BMW may take the new X8 M as an opportunity to add an electric motor to the M5’s engine to build one of the first hybrid M cars. If so, this gigantic SUV could produce as much as 750hp and have the ability to drive on electricity alone for short distances.

New BMW X8 interior and infotainment

The BMW X8 will come with a similar interior to the X7, shown here. 

No images of the new BMW X8’s interior have surfaced yet, but you can expect the BMW X8’s cabin to borrow heavily from the design of the X7. There will be a large infotainment screen with a digital driver’s display and it’ll feature BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

While there’s no doubt the BMW X8 will have less headroom than the X7 in the rear seats because of its lower roofline, you won’t be left wanting for space – it is a huge car, after all. Although not clear in these photos, the X8 could potentially use the X7’s split-tailgate to make loading its ample boot easy.

New BMW X8 price and release date

The finished X8 isn’t expected to go on sale until 2022. 

There are no official details on the BMW X8 just yet but you can expect it to cost from around £80,000. More powerful M50i and M50d versions could be well north of the £100,000 mark – and that’s before you’ve added a few optional extras. More information on car will be revealed in late 2021 but you’ll most likely have to wait until 2022 to get your hands on one.

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