The Bavarian carmaker is finally entering full-size SUV segment. Moreover, we are about two see two brand-new model in the next year. Besides the new X7, which will come first, the company will also release a completely new 2019 BMW X8. As you may presume, these two models will be related in the same way as X5 and X6 models, for example. This will be a coupe-like derivate of X7, which means similar design, though different, coupe-like shape.
In other aspects, we don’t expect bigger differences between these two models. The architecture, as well as engines, will be shared. Probably, we will see the same cabin too. So far, we don’t know the exact details about the BMW X8’s arrival. For now, it is only certain that the new X7 will come first. This one should come soon after, probably sometime in the next year.
2019 BMW X8 design
In terms of base design characteristics, 2019 BMW X8 shouldn’t be much different compared to the new X7. In the mechanical aspect, both models will ride on the same, extremely modular CLAR platform, which is in use of a big majority of BMW models, starting from Series 3 and up. However, some tweaks are expected. If we can trust the latest reports, the new 2019 BMW X8 will feature M suspension already in the base variant, which isn’t the case with any other model in the company’s lineup. That is a clear indicator that this crossover is meant to be a super premium class, with a huge dose of sports pedigree. Compared X7, this one will feature lover ground clearance, which means lower center of gravity, which means better handling and overall performances.
Another important thing to mention is that this architecture is compatible with electrified powertrains. This is a clear indicator that the new 2019 BMW X8 will come not only in hi-performance gasoline variants but with hybrid powertrain too.
2019 BMW X8 styling
In terms of styling, it’s not hard to guess in which way will 2019 BMW X8 be going. As we’ve already mentioned, the relation between X7 this model will be something similar to what we can see between the X5 and X6 models. While the new X7 will come with a pretty much common SUV shape, 2019 BMW X8 will come with recognizable sweeping roofline, which will provide that coupe-like styling. In practice, this means less practicality, but that isn’t the thing that would bother future drivers of the upcoming model.
On the other side, the front end should be familiar. The company will implement the newest design language, which continues with its evolution. Basically, expect no bigger difference between two new models in this part.
2019 BMW X8 interior design
Though it seems pretty early to speculate about the cabin of 2019 BMW X8, we are pretty sure that there won’t be bigger surprises in this aspect. Moreover, we should see a familiar layout. Most likely, the new crossover, just like new X7, will take inspiration from the current 7 Series model. This premium full-size sedan came three years ago and it features no-nonsense, straightforward interior design. It is full of top-quality materials, horizontal lines and characterized by conventional color schemes. There is no place for a single overdesign. Simply, everything seems like it is in the place. Of course, expect to see a bunch of new tech features, including the latest infotainment system and other gadgetry.
2019 BMW X8 engines
The 2019 BMW X8 should come with a wide range of engines in the offer. The base unit will probably be a familiar 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, which is good for about 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. A 4.4-liter V8 unit will be available too. This unit delivers around 450 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. We hope that the large V12 unit will be in the offer too. This 6.6-liter engine delivers around 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
When it comes to diesel, we expect to see a familiar 3.0-liter unit, which should be available in two output variants, with 315 and 394 horsepower. Finally, expect to see hybrid powertrain in the future. All units come in a pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
2019 BMW X8 release date and price
The 2019 BMW X8 will most likely come sometime in the next year. A more precise launch date should be known soon, though our reliable source already claims first half of the next year. When it comes to price, most predictions go around 90.000-100.000 dollars for the base model.