The upcoming 2022 BMW X8 SUV will be introduced next year as a sportier alternative to the X7, with a more rakish appearance, a plug-in hybrid option, and an impressive M Performance variant. The BMW X8 is essentially a two-row coupe-like fastback crossover variant based on the three-row X7 SUV. The X8 will be available alongside the compact X2, X4, and mid-size X6 models. All three types have sloping rooflines, sometimes known as fastbacks. X8, on the other hand, has a more aggressive slop.
While the architecture and powertrains are the same, a hybrid model will be the highlight.” The design language is well-known, and the new X8 is absolutely gorgeous. It’s no surprise that the interior is premium and it comes with luxury. It is an interesting model that will also include the X8 M high-performance variant.
BMW X8 Spy Shots
The 2022 BMW X8 will undoubtedly appear more athletic than the X7. However, its appearance will lack a lot of coupe-SUV characteristics. It will keep its upright side profile, but there will be certain upgrades, such as a steeper sloped roof and an improved waistline. The rear section will also get some sporty accents, such as more prominent wheel arch lines and a bumper with two larger exhausts.
The upscale front fascia of the X8 will include the X7’s massive kidney grilles, but they will be flanked by split-level LED headlights. This design will appear on some of the company’s other future range-topping vehicles, including the all-new 7 Series, which is set to arrive in 2022.
Spy photos of the 2022 BMW X8 didn’t show interior details. However, it’s expected to be less different than the X7’s appearance, with the same design and technology. Upfront, there will be two 12.3-inch screens driven by BMW’s newest iDrive infotainment system.
Also, because BMW is avoiding the temptation to create the X8 a real coupe-SUV, the more upright rear end may still house the third row of seats. The goal is to give it a sportier, but somewhat less roomy, alternative to the X7. The German automaker will reveal more interior details in the coming months. Still, we don’t expect to see major surprises.
Hybrid Powertrain in the Works
The spy pictures obviously point to a new 2022 BMW X8 with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. This model, however, will also be available with two non-hybrid engine options. The engine lineup is, of course, inspired by the X7 SUV. A 335-horsepower turbocharged inline-six engine will come as standard. The M50i will come standard with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces roughly 523 horsepower.
The X8 M is a purported high-performance variant with a 4.4-liter engine, developing up to 617 horsepower. Not all of the information about the plug-in hybrid powertrain is accessible. The X8 PHEV will undoubtedly arrive in America, with power coming from the 745e sedan. It is a 3.0-liter engine, combined with an electric motor. This output will generate 390 hp and around 17 miles of electric driving range.
2022 BMW X8 Release Date, Price
The forthcoming 2022 BMW X8 will most likely arrive early next year. Some reports are still suggesting the end of 2021 as a possible launch date. The price is not available, but the X8 model will cost around $80,000.