BMW will soon crown its SUV lineup, with the BMW X8 leading the group, including the flagship M hybrid version that will be Munich’s most powerful production model yet.
It is expected to be unveiled late next year as the 2022 model, with the X8 serving as a sportier version of the sevenseater X7.
Although the X8 was previously thought to take on a coupelike rear end design cues from the smaller X6, these first spy shots attached to the article reveal that it maintains a squareedged roof line, albeit it appears to be less than the X7.
This indicates that the X8 will retain three rows of seats, either in the form of seven or six seats, neither of which has been confirmed.
Other design cues that distinguish this car from the X7 include what appears to be a sharp nose design, a wider shoulder line, as well as a lower greenhouse.
The technical mounting details of the X8 have yet to be revealed, but its platform and much of the broader mechanical mechanisms are expected to be shared with the X7.
That means, a combination of mild sixcylinder petrol and diesel engines in mild hybrid technology, an ultimate plugin hybrid, and a 4.4liter twinturbo V8 with 523PS in the X8 M50i.
But, unlike the X7, the M50i will not be the top of the lineup, since the X8 was also built with a fullfat M version at the forefront of its development.
Although it won’t launch until about a year after the standard X8 was released, the X8 M will feature a plugin hybrid system, mated to the 4.4liter V8 with an electric motor and battery pack.
Insiders suggest anything up to 750 hp would be possible as a result, making this the most powerful BMW to date.
The X8 M hybrid, dubbed internally as Project Rockstar, will combine a 200hp electric motor with a petrol engine and provide allwheel drive. However, it will likely adopt the convertible system on the M5 and M8 models, allowing rearwheel drive when required.
The additional hybrid component would allow BMW to significantly reduce the vehicle’s average fleet emissions. What remains unclear, however, is whether BMW also plans a conventional fuelpowered X8 M to sit next to it, with reduced power and weight.
With the X7 M50i over £ 90k, these top of the range models should push the X8 well into six numbers.