The new 2020 BMW X8 is going to be the newest SUV in the lineup. The German carmaker recently introduced X7 model. If we take a look at its slammers siblings, X5 and X3, both have a coupe version, X6, and X4. So, it is logical to expect the BMW will do the same with the new X7. It is still an option, but the recent reports suggest the X8 could be totally different SUV based on the new 8-series roadster. One thing is certain – the X8 is definitely coming soon.
During the presentation of X7, chiefs of BMW said: “there is always room to grow”. It can be a general statement. On the other hand, we understand these words as a hint. But, what does “to grow” mean? Grow like add more models, or grow like making a larger SUV? It will be a mystery for a while until we get the first official updates about the 2020 BMW X8. Well, we will consider both options, but it is certain that the new model will share a lot of things in common with the X7 and the new Series 8 roadster.
Well, the 2020 BMW X8 will definitely use the same engines as its sibling. At least some of them. A 3.0-liter turbo-six is going to be the base option. It is capable to produce 365 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. The same drivetrain is under the hood of the new Toyota Supra. These companies are sharing this straight-six engine, but the new roadster creates 35 lb-ft more. Still, with the same configuration as the X7, the new SUV will need around six seconds to accelerate 0-60. The X7 needs 5.8 sec, but we believe it will be slightly lighter.
Another option is a big V8. Twin turbo setup is beast that delivers 455 hp and 480 lb-ft of twist. Top speed of the SUV with this configuration will be 155 mph and it will need around 5 seconds to reach 60 mph. This could be even the base unit if BMW wants a completely new model. A four-wheel drive is going to be an exclusive method for the X8.
The last option could be a V12 engine. Some forums are mentioning that the company could go after the monstrous outputs. And V12 will deliver it since we see this drivetrain creating 610 horsepower for the M750Li model. Still, the SUV will be heavier and larger, but the power won’t suffer too much.
What Will 2020 BMW X8 Look Like?
Coupe-like or the standard SUV, the question is now. Designers will get commands pretty soon. The new 2020 BMW X8 will enter the development and we could see first prototypes in a couple of months. With the first spy photos out, we will know what to expect. But, let’s try to predict the future and the look of the new X8.
Every odd model in the X-SUV lineup has its coupe twin. The X7 is an all-new full-size model. It is easy to predict the X8 is getting the spot as the coupe twin. But, BMW knows that. And where is an excitement? So, the German company is ready to make an exception and surprise its fans with the even larger SUV. Well, the wheelbase of the BMW X7 is 122 inches long and the overall length is 202 inches. It is the size of the largest SUVs in the market. Well, there are some special, extended versions of Cadillac Escalade (ESV) and Lincoln Navigator (L) available to offer more room inside the cabin. That could be the case with X8.
2020 BMW X8 Styling
The inspiration for the 2020 BMW X8 the German company will find in its new vehicles. There are two of them which could fit the size and needs of X8’s buyers. One of them is a new SUV and another one is BMW 8. What can a roadster offer to a much bigger vehicle? We already mentioned the new engine. But, the story doesn’t end here. Unlikely, but possible, is to see another carry-over. This time, BMW 8 can offer a PHEV drivetrain, and with it, some design solutions for the body. Well, this is all a far-fetched story so we can take it granted.
Let’s say that the 2020 BMW X8 is the most likely to appear as the coupe version of the X7. We will accept the truth, no matter how much fans would like to see something surprising from the carmaker.
2020 BMW X8 Release Date and Price
The new X7 is out. Pre-orders are available. Soon, the 2020 BMW X8 could have a debut. The price of the new SUV will be higher than for the X7, for sure. So, the new X8 will start above $80,000. Top of the line models will offer premium packages over $100,000, especially if V12 engine takes the place under the hood.