BMW Trademarks X8 Nameplate, Production Model Should Arrive Around 2020

The X7 has yet to be unveiled, yet BMW is already considering yet another high-riding vehicle, the long-rumored X8.

Poised to take on the upcoming Audi Q8 and be offered as a more affordable alternative to the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga, the BMW X8 could debut in two years’ time, Autocar reports.

The Munich-based company already trademarked the moniker in various countries around the world earlier this year. It’s also been said that BMW did the same in some markets in the Far East more recently.

“There is room for the X8, especially in markets like China, but there are no decisions yet”, the brand’s chief of development, Klaus Frohlich, told the British publication. “Each car must have a distinct character, and these are the sort of areas that take time to evaluate.”

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Frohlich also admitted that “it is early to talk about the X8” and that “one of the first decisions I made when I worked on product strategy was to take the X5 and make the X6”.

Essentially a posh version of the upcoming X7, the X8 will likely get a sloping roofline. But since it will probably be chauffeur-driven for most owners, there have been talks whether lowering the roofline behind the B pillars is the way to go, or if adding a few inches to the wheelbase and then giving it the sportier look should do the trick.

Unlike the X7, which will get three rows of seats, the X8 is said to offer seating for up to five. There will also be a four-seat variant with second-row captain’s chairs.

Powering it will probably be the twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 sourced from the M760Li. Customers should also expect a PHEV powertrain, with the twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and electric motor that’s used in the 740e iPerformance being a likely candidate.

Rendering courtesy of Aksyonov Nikita

  • Belthronding
  • Bo Hanan

    This is getting out of hand.

  • Blake Stafford

    Discount rolls Royce.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Jeebers BMW’s lineup of SUVs is starting to confuse me…

    ….which segment is this “thing” gonna slot into?

    At least the X6 HAS competition… (ex: the Mercedes GLE “Coupe”)

  • LWOAP

    X1

    X2

    X3

    X4

    X5

    X6

    X7

    X8

    Oh ffs, you have more than enough BMW.

    • Jay

      And they all look the same so I really don’t see the point.

    • Honda NSX-R

      I don’t understand the point of the X2.

    • Belthronding

      my question is that when do they release double digited X models like X10?

    • ProtectOurHeritage

      BMW first trademarked “X8” during March 2001 in the UK. This isn’t exactly news.

  • roy

    And we think Thanos is the biggest villain

    • Belthronding

      Thanos should have killed half of the X cars

      • PK

        Thanos is Mercedes Benz lol with one honk and BMW disappears! xD

  • Bash

    This is pure madness

  • Honda NSX-R

    I’m not surprised.

  • Belthronding

    You know it is not going to over ,but my question is that when do they release double digited X models like X10.

  • Justin Spencer

    It’s too bad BMW doesn’t try to come up with something more rugged and desirable like their own version of a G-Wagon. That would be more worth while than another awkward looking crossover coupe….I mean the X2, X4 and X6 should pretty much cover things by now.

  • Thando_Gqabaza

    Bmws most expensive product should be a supercar, rivaling McLaren. This is why BMW is going downhill, focusing on this crap.

    And by the way, when are you going to fix the steering feel on the 3 – series ?

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