The 2023 BMW X8 has been spotted during testing as spy shots reveal the idea is presently in the works. Recently, it was rumored that BMW is looking to expand its SUV roster by adding an even larger SUV to its line-up. The spy shots confirm the news and while the photograph doesn’t reveal much about the final design and features of the large-sized SUV, we can deduce several things that resemble other BMW models.
The X8 seems to have a sleeker roof that slopes in to join with the rear. The German auto manufacturer, it seems, has decided to go for a more elegant look rather than giving the SUV a boxier appearance similar to that of the X5 and X7. The stylish roof allows the rear-seat passengers to have extra headroom and the possibility of installing executive seats that can be placed instead of the standard three-seat option to add a bit of luxury.
According to reports, the X8 will also get a high-performance variant under BMW’s ‘M’ badge. The X8 M will have a more powerful engine and improved performance. This is particularly exciting since the SUV spotted in the spy shots seems to be a PHEV variant. The hybrid X8 may sport the 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine that when teamed up with an electric motor produces an impressive 389 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.
The 2023 X8 will probably share its design with the upcoming X7 with a few tweaks here and there to tell the difference, especially since the X8 will be based on BMW’s CLAR platform.
Since the X8 comes as a 2023 model, you are going to see its reveal by mid-2022 with deliveries starting by 2023. The X8 competes with some of the best in the industry like the Audi Q8 and the Range Rover Sport, so expect prices to go north of $100,000.
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