Luxury automakers like to leave no stone unturned and no niche unoccupied. That’s why BMW created the ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’ with the X5, why Mercedes-Benz created the four-door coupe with the CLS-Class, and why both brands went hell-for-leather in creating a slew of coupe SUVs that no one really ever asked for. Now they’re here, though, they aren’t going anywhere. And with the sedan going the way of the dodo in years to come, automakers are investing heavily in building a diverse lineup of crossovers and SUVs. For months, BMW was hard at work developing a new range-topping SUV. Rumors swirled that the X8 would sit atop the tree as a halo model, but then recently, it was confirmed that the new car would simply be called the BMW XM, and it would be a bespoke BMW M product unlike any other.
Bigger number, bigger SUV, right? Sort of. BMW made a big fuss a few years ago about odd numbers representing sedans and core models, and even numbers being coupes. That was all fine and well until the 2 Series Active Tourer and the 6 Series Gran Turismo came along to completely mess with everything. So where would the X8 fit in? It will definitely be X7-based, but a large three-row SUV doesn’t exactly convert into a four-door coupe too well, so don’t think of the X8 as a coupe version of the X7.
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