Audi presented its new concept model Audi Q8 at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The new model demonstrates brand’s advantages in engineering, design and performance. It features versatility and comfort of typical SUVs but seems sportier and more elegant thanks to coupe-like lines. The Audi Q8 Concept is also very dynamic and efficient thanks to the advanced powertrain.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
The new concept model presents the most substantial evolution of brand’s design philosophy in years. Additionally, it brings the next-generation of infotainment technology and controls. What is also essential, this model will get the production edition that may come on the market as the 2018 model and will stand against BMW’s X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe.
AUDI Q8 CONCEPT: DESIGN, SPECS
The Audi Q8 Concept comes with the styling that redefines brand’s design philosophy. It looks more elegant and sportier than classic SUVs. The model features sleek body lines and rakish, coupe-like account which include more dynamism to its presence.
The new wider and deeper grille design complemented with slim headlights also give the new identification to modern Audi. The new single-frame grille design features new form and it offers horizontal panels and more straight elements. Audi also brings some design elements that get motivation from the Audi Ur-Quattro from the 80’s. It contains large and flat C-pillars and clearly flared fenders. There is also horizontally-oriented rear side design with full-length taillights.
As for the dimensions, the Concept model is similar in proportions to the latest Q7. The model has 16.5 legs in length and wheelbase of 9.8 ft. Its wheelbase is actually just 0.3 inches faster than on the Q7 whilst it has 1.6 inches less in the length. With 67.2-inch top, it is 1.3-inches lower than Audi’s three-row SUV but with its motivated shoulders, the Q8 Concept has 2.9-inches more in width.
Inside, the new concept model brings the new generation of Audi’s technologies. It contains big touch monitors that change physical regulates with virtual ones. The expanded version of brand’s virtual cockpit is also present as well as the head-up display which projects the picture onto the windshield.
As the Audi says, Q8 Concept also offers ample rear legroom and chair comfort. The rear headroom is also good despite its coupe-like roofline.
AUDI Q8 CONCEPT: POWERTRAIN
Running the Audi Q8 Concept is a plug-in hybrid process capable of producing the total power of 442 hp and torque of 516 lb-ft. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine provides 333 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. There is also 134-hp electric motor working as the part of the 8-speed computerized transmission. The powertrain also includes the lithium-ion battery pack which will provide 37 miles of electric operating range.
The new Concept model has capability of reaching 62 mph in 5.4 moments while the maximum speed is 155 mph.
AUDI Q8 CONCEPT: PRODUCTION VERSION, RELEASE
The Audi Q8 Concept previews the production edition which will go on sale as the 2018 Audi Q8. The production model should offer the range of V-6 and V-8 engines plus e-tron model. Outside the US, the range of diesel engines will also be available. The RS Q8 with the twin-turbo V-8 and more than 500 hp is also expected. The 2018 Q8 should charge approximately $5k to $10k more than the Q7.