The much anticipated BMW X8 is all set to make its world debut in 2020. The most expensive BMW SUV, the X8 will sit above the soon to be launched X7 SUV and the premium SUV will carry a fresh styling language and top-notch quality features and technologies. However, looking at the BMW's nomenclature philosophy, the BMW X8 will be the coupe-styled version of the X7 in the same way what X6 and X4 are to X5 and X3 respectively and the report suggests that the new BMW X8 will have two rows and the car will be able to seat four to five people while the BMW X7 in comparison gets three rows and can provide the sitting arrangement for seven people.
To be based on the mixture of BMW’s CLAR platform and the aluminium space frame that underpins the Rolls Royce Cullinan, the upcoming BMW X8 will have a longer wheelbase compared to the X7. This will help the X8 to free up more space on the rear and will also facilitate that sweeping roofline. The main idea behind is to offer more rigidity without the addition of weight with this platform. However, as the coupe will have high focus on long-distance travel and luxury, the practicality factor might take a back seat in the upcoming SUV.
Mechanically, the BMW X8 is expected to source power from the same 6.6-litre V12 engine that powers the 7-series. The engine is capable of churning out 592 bhp of power and 800 Nm of peak torque. However, the automaker is also expected to offer petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that is believed to be derived from the same set-up used by the 740e xDrive iPerformance. The engine in question is the turbocharged 2-litre, four-cylinder engine operating in combination with an electric motor in the forward section of the gearbox housing albeit with a larger-capacity battery to give a 100km electric range.
In terms of dimension, the X8 will be bigger than the X7 that will measure 5,020mm long with a wheelbase of 3,010mm suggesting that there is room for a longer version in BMW's line-up. Other rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS measures 5,131mm long and has a wheelbase of 3,076mm, on the other hand, a Range Rover is 4,999mm long and has a wheelbase of 2,922mm in standard form. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming BMW X8.