Flagship SUV in the works

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Rumors of a new BMW SUV positioned above the X7 have persisted for years and now we have evidence that one is in fact coming.

A prototype for the new flagship SUV has been spotted, and it reveals that designers have adopted the sloped roof of the X2 instead of the flat roof of the X5 and X7 and coupe-like roof of the X4 and X6.

2023 BMW X8 spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

Such a roof design provides more headroom for rear-seat passengers, which is an important factor in the Chinese market where a large number of the SUVs will end up. Don’t be surprised if there’s also an option of two executive-style seats in the rear instead of the standard three-seat bench, once again to cater to the Chinese market.

The name X8 is likely attached to the upcoming SUV given the discovery of a trademark filing for “X8” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as early as…

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