Audi has finally unveiled its latest introduction to the luxury SUV class, the Q8. The Q8 is positioned as the more elegant, luxurious brother of the Q7 and is said to "combine the elegance of a four-door luxury coupe with the practical versatility of a large SUV".
The Production Model Does not Look Different Much like the Q8 Concept we saw at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Compared to the Q7, the Audi Q8 is wider (by 0.9 inches), lower (by 1.2) and shorter (by 3.1 inches). This gives him much sportier proportions, especially with the flat rear window, which is formed by the thick C-pillar.
At the front is a heavily stylized version of Audi's single-frame grille with enormous air intakes in the lower fairing, ample matte finish around the grille itself, and standard LED headlamps. The fenders are large enough to accommodate wheels up to 22 inches in diameter, while brushed metal trim is used for the lower door sills, roof rails and window surrounds.
Behind him is the Audi Q8's strongest statement, with a-like front door. A LED light strip connects the taillights with a black stripe underneath, reminiscent of the look of the Audi Quattro, and the lower fairing has a protective plate between the large exhaust ends.
The interior concept continues on new cars like the Audi A8, with two touchscreens to operate all the car functions. The upper 10.1-inch display is the primary interface for the MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system, while the lower 8.6-inch display is used to operate the air-conditioning, writing letters and numbers, and other secondary controls , In front of the driver is the now standard 12.3-inch cockpit of Virtual Cockpit.
The two-row Q8 seats three passengers in the rear and offers comfort options such as massage seats, four-zone climate control and a Bang & Olfusen sound system. Audi says that cargo space with the rear seats folded is 62 cubic feet. Technologies include the Audi Connect Key, which enables Android users to unlock and control their Q8 with their smartphone and Wi-Fi hotspot, 360-degree cameras and other active security technologies. From 2019 Audi wants to equip the Q8 even with the Remote Garage Pilot, with which the driver can lead the SUV on his smartphone in the parking space. Like Traffic Jam Pilot on the A8, it remains to be seen if this feature will hit the US market.
Although Audi has not yet made detailed engine decisions, each powertrain will use a 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain. In addition to the added torque when accelerating, the system allows the Q8 to coast for short durations with the engine off and the Stop-Start feature shuts off the engine at speeds up to 13.7 mph. Similar mild hybrid tech is also used in the new A6, A7 and A8. Four-wheel drive is standard, with a 40:60 front-rear torque split, such as adaptive suspension. The optional air suspension adjusts the ride height by up to 3.5 inches, providing 10.0 inches of ground clearance. The rear wheel steering is also on the option list.
The Audi Q8 will be at the forefront of the company's SUV range, and its design will inform future members of the Q family. It will launch in Europe towards the end of this year and follow in the US market next year.