The vehicle industry’s version of trickle-down economics says today’s six-figure almost-limos foreshadow tomorrow’s entry-level premium cars and next week’s middle-class sedans and family crossovers. So it’s no stretch to say that, a minimum of for this short lived moment, the 2019 Audi A8 sits at the lead of the altering car industry with its hybrid powertrain assist as basic equipment and a shopping list of production-vehicle firsts.
With its last full redesign coming all the way back in 2011, Audi’s flagship sedan, the A8, has been well overdue for a total redesign. For 2019, the German automaker will greatly revamp its flagship sedan, providing it a new, longer look, upgraded powertrain choices, lots of brand-new tech, and a fancier cabin.
While the A8 is still very identifiable as Audi’s flagship vehicle, its look is totally brand-new. Its grille is larger and more upright than in the past, the body lines are sharper and more accurate, its broad LED headlights and OLED taillights develop a distinct signature, and the long and flat roofing system creates a sportier appearance. Audi likewise upgraded its building, as its body is now 58 percent aluminum to help reduce weight.
Inside, whatever is totally brand-new too. The vehicle will feature a new infotainment system that replaces the rotary-button-controlled system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen. Below that screen is another touchscreen which contains all the heating and air conditioning controls, and other features. The latter removes the requirement for buttons that clutter up the center stack. Purchasers will also delight in the standard Audi Virtual Cockpit, the Wi-Fi connection for as much as 8 gadgets, and a brand-new navigation system.
While Audi was forthcoming with a number of the 2019 A8’s details, its powertrain is still shrouded in some secret. What we do understand is that the 2019 A8 will use a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine coupled with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that will utilize a 10Ah lithium-ion battery. Output and fuel economy haven’t been announced, but these need to come quickly.
The current A8 hasn’t been evaluated for safety by the IIHS, so we have nothing to base the 2019 model’s scores on. We do know that it’ll have plenty of advanced driver-assist features, consisting of adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, a 360-degree electronic camera, and more.
Audi expects to have the 2019 A8 in display rooms in the fall of 2018. Rates remains up in the air, however expect the 2019 A8 to sit simply above the current A8’s rate series of $83,475 to $92,975 (destination fees consisted of). The Audi A8’s competitors will consist of the BMW 7-Series, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the Porsche Panamera.