With seven SUVs already in BMW’s SUV range, and with the X7 (pictured) already proving a worthy flagship, you could forgive the German manufacturer if it decided its line-up was already comprehensive enough.

But no, BMW is said to be planning for another new SUV to join the range – X8 – and this time it will sit as the flagship.

It’s set to offer a sleeker alternative to the X7, and is likely to retain that car’s seven-seat layout when it arrives in showrooms in 2022. Details are still thin on the ground, especially as BMW is yet to confirm the model itself. However, the model has already been seen wearing heavy camouflage – showing its lower roofline, sleeker design and reduced grille next to the X7.

And according to Autocar magazine, the new model is also set to spawn a new ‘M’ model, which is set to be the most powerful car BMW has ever produced. Likely to be the first plug-in hybrid to come from BMW’s M division, the X8 M is likely to pair the firm’s existing 4.4-litre V8 engine with an electric motor and battery to produce as much as 750bhp.

The new BMW X8 could be revealed late next year, and is expected to be available to buy in 2022. The M version is likely to follow in 2023.