The full-size crossover from the Bavarian carmaker, known as the X7, is getting a mid-cycle refresh but it looks like the German manufacturer prepares an even bigger novelty for the next year. After years of rumors, it looks like the 2023 BMW X8 will finally come. It will be the company’s new flagship SUV, even though it probably won’t be bigger than the aforementioned X7. Instead, it will feature a coupe-like layout, which will make it more exclusive and more expensive. At this point, the officials are still quiet on this matter, so make sure to take the following paragraphs with a reserve.
At this point, the best we can do is speculate. We presume that most of the design solutions would be the same as in the X7, especially in terms of mechanics. The two models would share engines, transmission, interior designs and many other parts, while the key difference would be in terms of the styling, particularly in terms of the rear-end design.
2023 BMW X8 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 BMW X8 would be an all-new model in the lineup, the most exclusive one. From what we have heard, it will share most of the parts with the X7. The two models will ride on the same version of the CLAR platform and share most of the parts. The mechanical aspect is expected to be the same, including the suspension setup. Therefore, we count on a similar driving experience as well.
On the other hand, we expect to see some notable differences in terms of styling. The front end should look the same, with the same aesthetics that the 2023 update is bringing. On the other hand, the big difference would come on the rear end, where we expect to see a sloping roof design, which would provide that coupe-like appearance.
This aspect shouldn’t bring any surprise. We count on the same dashboard design as in the X7, which is coming significantly updated for the next year. The new dash brings some shape revisions and new materials, but the most significant change is the addition of a new digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen, which would be integrated and designed in the same manner as the units in the all-electric iX model.
On the other hand, a big difference is expected in terms of seating capacity. The sloping roof design will bring less headroom in the third row, while the cargo area will be smaller. Some reports suggest that the company shouldn’t offer the third row at all but once again, it’s hard to claim anything, as the officials haven’t brought any information about the new crossover so far.
Besides the aforementioned screens, the new SUV should also come standard with goodies like navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, proximity keyless entry, remote start, ambient interior lighting, a universal garage door opener, a panoramic moonroof, and quad-zone automatic climate control. Also, we expect a long list of available features, with goodies like power soft-closing doors, glass instrument controls, five-zone automatic climate control, heated and cooled cupholders, and a larger moonroof with LED lighting.
When it comes to safety features, all models should come standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Things like a head-up display, traffic jam assist, lane centering assist, evasion assist, parallel parking assist, pedestrian detection, surround-view camera and adaptive cruise control should be offered as options.
2023 BMW X8 Engines
This aspect shouldn’t bring any surprise. We believe that the 2023 BMW X8 will come with three familiar engine options on the offer, starting from a 3.0-liter inline-six, which puts out 335 horsepower. While that will probably be enough for solid driving dynamics, we have no doubt that many drivers would prefer something peppier. This refers to the M50i version, which would come with a well-known 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, which puts out around 523 horsepower. Finally, we count on the Alpina version as well, which puts out 630 horsepower.
All models would come coupled with 8-speed automatic transmission, as well as with standard all-wheel drive.
2023 BMW X8 Release Date and Price
Some rumors suggest that the 2023 BMW X8 could come already by the end of this year. However, the officials are still quiet about this model, so there’s a big chance that this model won’t even come to the market. If it arrives, we believe that base versions would cost around 80.000 dollars.