The all-new Audi Q8 will be a flagship model based on the MLB (Modular Longitudinal Architecture) platform.
Audi Q8 is said to be a cross between a SUV and Sport Coups.
Besides a complete range of new products, the next big thing coming out from the house of Audi will be its flagship SUV – Q8. The Audi Q8 first broke cover in its concept avatar at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Based on the MLB (Modular Longitudinal Architecture) platform, this new Audi SUV (production-spec) might have its global debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. In fact, the Ingolstadt-based luxury carmaker has begun testing the coupe SUV on foreign land. Recently, an uncamouflaged prototype of the all-new Q8 has been caught on camera revealing rear design detailing of the vehicle.
The latest spy picture confirms that the 2018 Audi Q8 will feature LED taillamps, a stylish roof spoiler, sloping roofline and a large bumper diffuser with two integrated exhaust pipes. Besides sharing its platform with the new-generation A7, this new Audi SUV will borrow a bunch of components and technologies with its donor sibling. Carrying an aggressive and sporty stance, the Q8 coupe SUV will also feature the brand’s signature Matrix LED headlamps, aggressive bumper and alloys. Most of the interior design bits will be carried over from the concept including glossy black surfaces on dashboard, large touchscreen interfaces, etc. Check Out – Picture Gallery – 2017 Audi Q5
As far as engine is concerned, the Audi claims that the new Q8’s plug-in hybrid system combines sporty performance and high efficiency. The Audi Q8 will source its power from a 3.0-litre TFSI, 6-cylinder engine with a mild hybrid setup and an electric powered compressor. This powertrain, with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, delivers 469bhp with 700Nm and an electric range of around 60km. Also Read – Audi Q2 LWB Is Coming To India
The all-new Audi Q8 will first see a release in overseas market before it debuts in India. The SUV’s production-spec version could be displayed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, which is scheduled to happen in March. The vehicle is currently in it’s finally development phase and is expected to hit Indian shores sometime next year. We will update the official launch date and details as soon as the German carmaker announces it. Read About – Audi’s Upcoming Smallest & Most Affordable SUV
|Minimum||Rs 75 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 1 crore|
In Audi’s product lineup, the Q8 SUV will be placed alongside the A8, and take on the Mercedes GLE and the BMW X6. Aiming to withstand arch rivals, the flagship SUV could be priced competitively. We believe that Audi Q8 price in India will fall between Rs 75 lakh – Rs 1 crore.
|Engine||3.0-litre TFSI, 6-cylinder|
|Transmission||8-speed tiptronic automatic|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||5.4 seconds|
|Drivetrain System||Quattro permanent all-wheel drive|
Powering the new Audi flagship SUV will be a 333bhp, 3.0-litre TFSI, 6-cylinder engine combined with a 100kW electric motor. The complete system churns out a claimed power of 469bhp, while generating 700Nm of torque. Paired to an 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, this turbocharged motor can accelerate 0-100kmph in just 5.4 seconds. It comes with an electronic speed limit of 250kmph.
The rear mounted lithium-ion battery consists of 104 prismatic cells and has a capacity of 17.9 kWh. It takes almost two and a half hours to get fully-charged. The coupe SUV offers an electric range of 60km. It has Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system that works closely with the wheel-selective torque control, especially at corners. The SUV also comes with three driving modes – EV (electric driving), Hybrid and Battery Hold. Read – New Audi A8: Pictures & Launch Details
Audi claims that the new coupe SUV consumes 2.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Its carbon emission figure stands at 53grams per kilometres. Since the technical details of the India-bound model yet to be confirmed, it would be quite early to comment on the mileage figures of the SUV. If the India-spec version will come with the same 3.0L TFSI engine, it will be as frugal as the international model.
– Octagonal Singleframe grille
– ‘X’ design headlamps with digital Matrix laser technology
– Narrow LED light guide
– Wide C-pillar
– Pronounced wheel arches
– Long edge spoiler
– Aluminium diffuser
– Touch-sensitive controls on a screen
– Analogue Head-Up display
– 12.3-inch TFT display
– MMI monitor
– Climate control system display
– Leather seats
Referred as a cross between a SUV and Sport Coupe, the Audi Q8 represents the company’s latest design philosophy designed by Audi’s Chief Designer, March Lichte. Painted in ‘Bombay Blue’ colour, the new Audi SUV concept features an octagonal Singleframe grille with bold vertical slats and honeycomb inserts, headlamps with an ‘X’ design and digital Matrix laser technology, distinctive aluminium blade forming bottom edge of the front bumper and narrow LED light guide at the front fascia.
Towards the sides, the SUV has athletic appeal with features such as bold creases, wide C-pillar that reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro from 1980s, strongly accentuated wheel arches, doors with brushed aluminium finish and quattro badge below the rear doors. At the rear, the car sports the long edge spoiler, strip of lights running over the entire width of the rear and aluminium diffuser.
The interior of the Audi Q8 looks different than most Audis on sale currently. Save for the for turn on/ off parking aid and hazard lights operations buttons, the SUV gets touch-sensitive controls on a screen for most of the functions. There is a contact analogue Head-Up display with a new digital design. Other key features include Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch TFT display, MMI monitor integrated in the center of dashboard, climate control system display, and more.
The German carmaker plans to introduce the Q8 with most advanced autonomous driving system – Level 4 Autonomy – which is currently under development. The coupe SUV has sports seats and two individual seats in the rear. The seat upholstery has a combination of fine Nappa leather and Nubuk leather. Besides enough space for four occupants, the car offers a luggage compartment of 630-litres.
Spy Image Courtesy: Autopareri