Spy pictures reveal a squared-off design with much of the elements borrowed from the X7. However, the X8 will have a more aggressive stance and a lower roofline.
BMW should soon launch its brand-new flagship SUV, the X8. If everything goes as planned, it should be released as a 2022 model. Based on the previous flagship BMW X7 SUV, the X8 will also receive BMW’s ‘M’ treatment. Moreover, informed sources say it might be BMW’s most powerful production vehicle with 700 hp.
With that being said, the full engine range will be similar to X7’s, with either a mild-hybrid six-cylinder petrol or diesel powertrains and a plug-in hybrid.
For enthusiasts, BMW will offer the M Performance’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 along with electric motors. The X8 M will almost certainly feature M5 and M8’s switchable AWD system, letting the driver choose RWD on the fly. Meanwhile, North-American buyers might get the X8 M50i V8, producing a healthy 523 horsepower.
The X8 will also bet big on green credentials. The electrified top-of-the-line M trim level will produce less than 100 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Design-wise, the spy photos indicate that the X8 will look a lot like the X7. However, the new flagship should have a sportier, sloping roofline.
Also, the shoulder line receives some muscular cuts and gouges. Fortunately, BMW might make the kidney grille, but sharper. This would be a welcome change compared to the new BMW M440i. Overall, expect the X8 to turn heads thanks to its sporty yet practical SUV design and stance.
Furthermore, the interiors should be similar to X7’s. That’s a good thing since BMW’s largest SUV is very welcoming inside. This time, though, BMW will offer both an 8-seater option or more premium 6-seater Captain’s chairs. Since the design is quite squared-off, expect a spacious interior, even in the third row.
With X7 M50i starting from £90,000, expect the 750 hp X8 M to launch at well over the £100,000 mark. However, the X8 range should start from £80,000 (UK prices).