With the arrival of the BMW X7 the German car manufacturer will fill up the large SUV segment and that’s the end of the story called BMW full-size SUV right? Well, no. No, because the nameplate is not going to be the manufacturer’s flagship for a long time. Instead, they will add a more coupeish, so-to-say, version which will be named the 2021 BMW X8. Why 2021 year? According to an Autocar report, if BMW decides to build the SUV this will happen very soon, so the all-new high-riding vehicle should become available in 2020.
Judging by BMW’s head of development, Klaus Fröhlich, the 2021 BMW X8 isn’t done-deal as we may think, but essentially, the nameplate has been trademarked in all markets since 2018, so let’s be honest to say that the new flagship is coming. Now, the X8 may not be bigger from the X7 at all. No, because the crossover doesn’t really need any additional inches in length to become the vanilla option. The catch will reportedly be the rear-seat comfort, which means that the SUV is not build to be driven by the owner but to have a driver paid to do the job. This additionally means that the 2021 BMW X8 will compete with the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and Range Rover.
Aside it’s going to have an extra space in the rear the BMW X8 will also have a sloping coupe-like roofline. Just don’t expect any kind of the third row here. No, the SUV will likely have four or perhaps five seats. Although the carmaker offers two coupe-like SUV already, the X8 will not look like them. Instead, the vehicle will have its own exterior styling. On the other hand, SUV’s platform won’t be dedicated. No, the all-new X8 will ride on pretty much the same architecture as the X7.
Performance-wise, well even though it seems too early to speculate about it, we personally think that the flagship SUV can’t use anything smaller from the amazing twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8. Though, the carmaker may surprise us with some kind of hybrid powertrain as well.
In any case, the X8 is definitely coming soon. Still, the option will not be available worldwide. No, the SUV will probably be sold in China and North America.