The all-new Audi Q8 marks the brand’s new direction in its SUV design. Being the “coupe” version of the 7-seater Q7, the Audi Q8 aims to be more individual, distinct, and dynamic than the Q7 on which it is based.
Its exterior will be the basis of all of Audi’s future SUVs. The fascia is highlighted by a new interpretation of Audi’s signature Singleframe grille, which feature vertical slats, and satin finishes surrounding the octagonal shape of the grille. Flanking the grille are a pair of LED headlights that are positioned above a blacked-out panel. Along with its sloping roofline, which gently flows towards the top of the bulging rear wheel arches, the Audi Q8 imposes a silhouette that’s unlike any other SUV. Strong shoulders and dynamic lines “convey a feeling of power, sophistication and the special dynamics of the permanent all-wheel drive.” Just like in the original and legendary Audi quattro, a black surface underlays the LED strip at the rear of the Q8, creating an imposing and modern rear fascia, especially at night.
With the sporty exterior design theme, the interior is otherwise bathed in luxury and modernity. It features three TFT LCD screens, two of which are the latest generation of Audi’s MMI touch. These touch displays cleanly integrated with the rest of the black panelling inside the Q8. A mixture of leather, alcantara, and metal trims create a modern and very luxurious interior. Despite the sloping roofline, Audi says the Q8 still offers excellent headroom for passengers at the rear, as well as excellent leg and shoulder room. At night, contour LED ambient lighting illuminate the interior, providing a relaxing atmosphere for the occupants of the vehicle.
Under the hood of the Audi Q8 are an assortment of mild-hybrid powertrains for great fuel economy while offering excellent performance. At launch, there will be a 3.0-liter V6 turbo petrol producing 335 hp, and two 3.0-liter V6 diesels in two different states of tune, one with 228 hp and 282 hp. All engines are fitted to an 8-speed automatic transmission, with power sent through all four wheels via Audi’s quattro AWD system. Audi says that a plug-in hybrid is in the works, including a high performance SQ8.
The Audi Q8 will go on sale this fall of 2018.