BMW's new flagship SUV has been caught preparing to battle the Audi Q8.
The three-row BMW X7 represents the Bavarian automaker's flagship SUV, but there have been rumors that BMW's SUV range will expand with an even more luxurious, top-of-the-range X8 model that will rival the Audi Q8. For the first time, a prototype of the upcoming BMW X8 has been caught in the wild by our spy photographers undergoing testing to give us an idea of what to expect from BMW's new ultra-luxury SUV.
While we were expecting the X8 to be a more stylish coupe version of the X7, these spy photos confirm this will not be the case. Instead, the new X8 will sport a distinctive design that sets it apart from other BMW SUVs.
Unlike other X models like the X4 and X6, the X8 doesn't have a sloping roof, and the front looks noticeably different to the current X7 and the upcoming X7 facelift thanks to its prominent hood lines. One photo shows the X8 parked next to an X7 for a handy size comparison. The X8 appears to be longer than the already-massive X7, which has a length of 203.3 inches. Our spies were unable to snap any photos of the cabin yet, but the X8 will undoubtedly be one of the most luxurious BMWs ever made.
Our spy's sources claim the BMW X8 will be offered in three flavors, including an M45e M Performance variant with a similar plug-in hybrid setup as the recently unveiled BMW 745e.
A "Hybrid Test Vehicle" sticker on the prototype's side profile supports this claim. In the 745e, a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six is paired with an electric motor producing a combined 389 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, while a 12 kWh battery provides an all-electric range of 16 miles.
We're expecting the electrified X8 to offer more power and electric range. If you want more power, BMW is reportedly skipping the X7 M and building a range-topping X8 M performance SUV instead, which will allegedly have as much as 750 hp on tap. The BMW X8 is expected to break cover in 2022 - hopefully, it won't take long for the prototypes to start losing camouflage to give us a better look at the new design.