Not so long ago, the long-awaited full-size BMW arrived, in the form of the X7 model. Finally, the Bavarian carmaker has something to stand up against the rival company Mercedes-Benz and its GLS model. These days, most experts speculate about the possibility to see another SUV under this badge. It looks like it’s time for the 2021 BMW X8 if we can rely on the latest reports.
Although the company is still quiet about this model, it’s not particularly hard to predict some of the key features of the new SUV. Typically for the even-numbered SUVs in BMW’s lineup, it should come in a coupe layout. More precisely, it should be a new flagship model, as coupe versions cost more than their more conventional counterparts. We expect that the new model will arrive sometime in the next year, despite that there is still no official confirmation.
2021 BMW X8 Redesign
When it comes to base design characteristics, the new 2021 BMW X8 will be closely related to the X7 model. The two models will share the mechanics, the same variant of the company’s new CLAR architecture, which will be codenamed G09 in this case, insiders claim. We may even see the same wheelbase that goes around 122.2 inches in the odd-numbered sibling. Still, the total length will be slightly shorter, as the new model will certainly feature a shorter rear overhang, which will provide a little bit sportier appearance.
Speaking of the appearance, the new 2021 BMW X8 will feature a nearly identical front face as the X7 model. We count on the same massive grille and bold face. On the other side, the key difference will be in the rear end, which is about to come with a sloping roof and a coupe-like layout. Practically, the overall shape should be pretty similar to the mid-size X6 model, just in a bigger package.
On the inside, we don’t expect that the 2021 BMW X8 will be any different compared to its odd-numbered sibling. The dashboard should look exactly the same, with the same design and quality of materials. This means that you may count on a typical BMW layout, which has always been known for rather simplistic approach. Still, the overall quality is at a really impressive level, whether it’s about materials or build quality. Furthermore, the long list of tech features makes everything even more opulent. You may count on the same digital instrument cluster and a large 12.3-inch infotainment screen at the center console.
The key difference will be in the rear part of the cabin. Due to a sloping roof, the new 2021 BMW X8 will come only as a five-seater, though we don’t expect that the amount of headroom in the second row will be compromised much. The cargo area will certainly be smaller, but it is still early to talk about the exact numbers.
2021 BMW X8 Engines
The engine lineup will also be pretty much the same. This means you may count on a variety of powertrain options. Base models should feature a familiar 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, which puts out around 335 horsepower. Of course, we also count on a couple of versions with a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine. Of course, the first one that comes to mind is the xDrive 50i model, which puts out around 456 horsepower. The M-badged models are also expected, with a max output of 523 horsepower. Finally, we count on the Alpina version with 600+ horses.
In Europe and some other parts of the world, the 2021 BMW X8 should also come in diesel variants. Of course, we count on a familiar 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel, which comes in three output variants, with either 265, 340 and 400 horsepower.
All engines will come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission. Eventually, some form of electrification may happen as well.
2021 BMW X8 Release Date and Price
Despite that we are still waiting to hear something from the officials, the latest unofficial reports suggest that the new model will arrive already in the next year. It’s still early for the exact price tag, but our rough estimation is that base models will go somewhere around 80.000 dollars. We expect more details in the near future.