With BMW’s new flagship SUV, the X7, nearing production, the company is now stated to be establishing a BMW X8 coupe that would sit above the X2, X4 and X6 in the firm’s range.
The BMW X8 will be created for people who want a practical SUV but aren’t ready to compromise on design. That means the X8 will get a more stroking roofline than the X7 and an even bolder front grille– although it’s hard to envision how the latter could be possible. X8 models are likely to come as basic with reduced M Sport suspension– to provide the car a more hunched down look– and massive alloy wheels.
Although the swept back roofline– and resulting smaller rear windows– will make the X8’s rear seats feel a little bit more claustrophobic than the X7’s, you can still anticipate the rear seat to happily accommodate 2 six-foot grownups. Boot space will likewise be a high concern and the X8 will be much more useful than a traditional coupe, thanks to a tall boot and rear seats that fold down to give way for bulky products such as flat-pack furniture.
That said, the X8’s lavish cabin ought to dispel any fears that it is a farming workhorse. It’ll be shared with the X7 so you can anticipate it to get a big infotainment screen and a digital screen in the instrument binnacle where you would typically find analogue dials. Their multi-purpose capability will allow BMW to minimize conventional buttons leaving the method clear for leather and costly looking trim pieces throughout the cabin.
The X8 is set to be more fun to drive than the X7. It’s most likely that X8 models will come fitted with stiffer M Sport suspension as basic– to cut out body lean in corners at the cost of some comfort on bumpy roads– and quicker steering to make the car feel more agile. An eight-speed automatic gearbox will also be a basic feature.
For performance that remains in keeping with the X8’s looks you can expect it to be offered with a range of six and eight-cylinder engines. An obvious choice would be the 3.0-litre 313hp diesel motor fitted to the BMW 640d, with it in place the X8 must can 0-62mph in under 6 seconds and fuel economy of around 45mpg. Another most likely prospect would be the 450hp 4.4-litre V8 petrol fitted to 650i– it would be sweeter sounding and quicker than the six-cylinder choices, but at the cost of really scary fuel economy.
If you elegant having a shining new BMW X8 on your driveway then the problem is that it’ll not come cheap, costs are set to start from ₤ 80,000 rising to well over ₤ 100,000 for a top of the range model. It’ll likely to go on sale in the latter half of 2019.