The Audi Q8 is built on the MLB EVO platform that also underpins the new Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus.
German luxury carmaker, Audi has officially revealed the long-awaited all-new Q8 SUV at the Audi China Brand Summit Shenzhen in Shanghai. The Q8 will be the brand’s new flagship SUV and it will sit above the Q7. The production version of the SUV looks largely identical to the concept unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show.
The Audi Q8 is built on the MLB EVO platform that also underpins the new Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus. In terms of styling, the SUV gets signature Audi grille finished in contrasting silver. The grille is flanked by sleek LED headlamps with multiple vertical lighting bars. Black inserts can be visible all around the front fasica. It also gets a prominent skid plate, while the bonnet gets sharp creases.
The flagship SUV comes with sloping roofline and raked C-pillar. The strong shoulder line and massively flared wheel arches further enhances the overall profile of the SUV. At the back, the SUV gets tailgate-mounted spoiler, massive bumper with silver diffuser, skid plates and integrated exhaust tips. The LED lights seems largely identical to the one offered on the concept, but it has a black strip with Audi logo. Also See – Audi Q7 SUV Is Bollywood Actress Kriti Sanon’s Latest Ride
The cabin feels sporty, featuring a flat-bottom steering, Alcantara upholstery with metallic and piano-black finish on the dashboard, dual-screen set-up on the centre console, etc. The main infotainment screen is coupled to a secondary screen, which is used to control the climate control and other convenience features. The SUV gets all-digital virtual cockpit type instrument console. The rear passengers also have climate control setting via a touchscreen mounted on the rear of the centre console. Also See – 2018 Audi Q5 | Audi Q2
The Audi Q8 will be offered with a host of petrol and diesel engines along with a 48V mild-hybrid technology. It is equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol that is good for 340bhp and two 3.0-litre TDI diesel units. The entry-level diesel offers 230bhp, while the more powerful unit produces 285bhp.
To be manufactured at Volkswagen’s Bratislava plant in Slovakia, the new Audi Q8 will first go on sale in the Chinese and European markets. In India, the SUV should launch before the end of this financial year. The SUV will rival the likes of Range Rover Sport, Volkswagen Toureg, Porsche Cayenne, BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe.