Rumors about the appearance of the BMW model range crossover X8 for nearly three years. In the media there are various hypotheses regarding the concept of the future model, but the representation of the brand did not comment. At the moment most of the informal sources agree that the new index G09 will be a luxurious version of the X7 crossover will occupy a niche between younger model and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Don’t look at Mercedes-Benz with their a variety of models in the BMW just can’t. It kind of proves the emergence in the last few years X2, 2-Series Gran Coupe and even the front-drive 1-Series. In this sense, the X8 seems to be a logical development strategy to expand the model range.
How will he look like?
While some experts argue that the novelty will retain the form factor standing on the step below X7, others insist that X8 will get kupeobrazny silhouette and will become an older model in the family of X2, X4 and X6. On rendering from the BMW Design really discern the proportions of the current X7. But do not forget that this is just a sketch of the prototype, painted in 2018. During this time, the Network appeared a lot of other visualizations of the future model clearly indicates that we, on the contrary, waiting for another kupeobrazny crossover.
The platform on which to build a new X8?
With high probability it can be argued that the novelty will be built around a modular platform CLAR, which is already used on a sedan 5-Series and X7. To develop a new platform for a single model in a global optimization would be at least unreasonable, and given the global crisis caused by the pandemic COVID-19, such a scenario does seem absurd.
What will be the power unit?
X8 will have several versions with different engine options, including a hybrid powerplant. V-shaped “eight” displacement 4.4 l will be paired with an electric motor producing around 200 horsepower. It is assumed that the total output of the hybrid, which will be installed only on a charged version X8 M, will be 750 HP and 1000 Newton metres. Thus, the high crossover BMW could be the first M model with a hybrid component.
The BMW X8 will probably get quadruple the architecture of the cabin with two separate rear seats and rich equipment. Judging by renderam, control of basic functions will be conferred on several touchscreens. Probably, the manufacturer will not refuse gesture control. In addition, customers will be offered various features such as projection display, multicontour seats with heating and massage, as well as special finishing of the interior elements from the BMW Individual catalog.
How much will it cost?
In the USA the suggested retail price for basic version X8 may reach $80 000. Provided that X7 starts at the local dealers with a level of $73 900, this situation seems logical. On the other hand, if you remember that X8 will take place between X7 and heavy Junior Suite at the Cullinan, the starting price in the United States may exceed $100 000.
The emergence of novelties can be expected by the end of this year, however, given the delayed effect of the pandemic and related restrictions, the model is run, most likely, will take place in 2021. But roughly since the second half of next year will start and retail sales. X8 will compete primarily with the Audi Q8 and Mercedes GLS. The list can be supplemented Porsche Cayenne Coupe and the Range Rover Vogue.
Also suggest you to see a detailed test drive of the crossover BMW X7 compared to the Mercedes GLS on our roads from the team InfoCar.ua: