- BMW X8 on the way
- Coupe-SUV based on the X7
- Will share X7’s engines
- X8 M could have 750hp hybrid V8
- Could cost from £80,000
- Expected to arrive in late 2022
BMW’s latest range-topping SUV, the BMW X8, has been spotted in prototype form. The X8 is expected to be built on the same underpinnings as the 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.
New BMW X8 Design
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 test-car 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.
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
You can bet every new BMW X8 will come with four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. Your choice of engines will almost certainly mirror those available in the X7, so six-cylinder 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines will feature in entry-level cars while more powerful models will get 4.4-litre V8s.
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.
New BMW X8 interior and infotainment
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 vast 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 easier.
New BMW X8 price and release date
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 easily crest the £100,000 mark – and that’s before you’ve added a few optional extras. More information on car will be revealed in 2021 but you’ll most likely have to wait until 2022 to get your hands on one.
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