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2023 BMW X8 Preview & Release Date

Cristyn Wingood
Automotive Contributor - October 1, 2021

Model Preview

There's been more chatter around the brand-new model year 2023 BMW X8 after recent spy shots surfaced online. Little is known in terms of pricing and specs, but we do know that the BMW X8 is confirmed as the brand's new flagship SUV. At the moment, the X7 is the BMW's biggest SUV, but the X8 is rumored to be the sportiest version of the SUV lineup. Unsubstantiated rumors have suggested that BMW may decide to lose the vehicle's third row to reduce weight, but there is no confirmation of that at this time.

We're excited about the rumor that this new model will offer a plug-in hybrid option. By combining a V8 engine with an electric motor, the X8 is on track to become the most powerful PHEV SUV, as it's expected to surpass 700-hp. Having said that, BMW has not yet officially confirmed output for the potential plug-in hybrid.

The appearance has been described as controversial, with stacked quad exhaust and split headlights. The slanted roofline could suggest that there may be less headroom in the back of the vehicle, and based on what we've seen from the spy shots, it seems unlikely that the X8 will be getting the vertical kidney grille of other models like the 2022 BMW iX, but it does appear to be quite significant in size and is speculated to be extravagant.

Pricing & Release Date

BMW states that the X8 is an elite model for the American market, but also the world. It's expected to go on sale sometime in 2022 and we anticipate a six-figure price tag to start, considering the BMW X7 M50i starts at $99,800.

The 2023 BMW X8 may compete with the Mercedes GLS SUV.

Stay tuned for updates.

Pictured: 2021 BMW X7

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