BMW Confirms M8 And X7 Coming In 2018
Looking for two-door grand touring speed and seven-seater luxury? Check and check from BMWby Jonathan Lopez, on
Lovers of high-end German luxury, fear not – the new M8 and X7 are on their way. That much was confirmed by Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG, Harald Kruger, who just released a statement on Bimmer’s upcoming product plans for the 2019 model year.
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The brand will release 40 new or revised models between 2017 and 2018, as well new drivetrain tech and autonomous systems
Kruger’s statement launches with a few interesting tidbits on BMW’s focus for the next year or so, including the promise of further electrified “i” models, plus the declaration that “2018 will be the year of the X” with a double-down approach on moving BMW’s successful SUV line.
In total, Kruger asserts the brand will release 40 new or revised models between 2017 and 2018, as well new drivetrain tech and autonomous systems. More concretely, 2018 will also include the release of two critical models in the “luxury” segment – the M8 and X7.
Kruger had this to say about the brand’s luxury crossovers and SUVs: “The segment is growing in all major global regions. That is why I call 2018 the year of the “X”! The cool X2 in the compact segment and the X7 in the luxury class are great examples.”
And although Kruger also confirmed 2018 will see the release of the M8, he left it as a bullet point and didn’t provide any extra info.
Although Kruger also confirmed 2018 will see the release of the M8, he left it as a bullet point and didn’t provide any extra info.
But that’s okay, because we’ve got the skinny for you right here. We expect the M8 to be a speedy two-dour grand tourer that will go up against competitors like the Mercedes-AMG S-Class Coupe and Bentley Continental GT Speed, with around 600 horsepower from a turbocharged V-8. Acceleration specs will include a 0-to-60 mph time of roughly 3 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph, plus oodles of high-tech in the cabin and loads of comfort features as well.
Meanwhile, the BMW X7 will come covered in leather and Alcantara inside, plus get seating for seven. Infotainment will be top-notch across the board, and there should be options for rear-seat entertainment as well. Power will come from either a 3.0-liter six-cylinder or a 4.4-liter V-8, with the range-topper hitting the 60-mph mark in less than 5 seconds.
Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW M8.
Read our full speculative review on the 2017 BMW X7.