We got a preview of it at the 2017 Detroit auto show in the form of a principle and now some models for Audi’s upcoming Q8 have actually been found.
The prototype in the spy shots is comparable in size to the Q7, dismissing the possibility that we might be taking a look at the smaller sized e-tron electrical SUV. The e-tron is likewise due for an expose in 2018 though we’re yet to see any models. The Q8 being comparable in size to the Q7 also makes sense as the duo shares an identical variation of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform created for front-wheel-drive vehicles with longitudinally-mounted engines.
As the idea and these latest spy shots validate, the Q8’s coupe-like stance provides it a stylish profile. This is aided by a somewhat broader track compared to the Q7. Key competitors will be the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and Land Rover Range Rover Sport.
The spy shots likewise expose a more pronounced grille compared to exactly what’s discovered on other Audi SUVs. The headlights also feature the teardrop theme initially seen on the current A4 sedan. Still, we need to question if the style is distinct enough to stand apart in the growing crowd of luxury SUVs.
The base powertrain in the United States is expected to be a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 providing 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired with an 8-speed automated transmission and all-wheel drive. Above this will be an e-tron plug-in hybrid model, likely pairing a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with an electric motor for a combined output of 442 hp and 516 lb-ft. Such a setup was fitted to the Q8 principle.
More potent offerings should consist of an SQ8 and maybe even an RS Q8, a concept of which is reported to be coming quickly. The former will likely be available in diesel taste, though not in the United States Recall, Audi already has an SQ7 TDI powered by an electric compressor-equipped twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 diesel great for 429 hp and a massive 663 lb-ft. Should an RS Q8 be launched, it will likely feature a version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 found in the Porsche Panamera Turbo. In the Porsche, the engine delivers up to 550 hp and 567 lb-ft.
The Q8 is a new range-topping SUV that Audi will expose in late 2018. It will likely reach the United States early the list below year, as a 2020 model.