We got a sneak peek of it at the 2017 Detroit auto show in the form of an idea and now some models for Audi’s upcoming Q8 have been identified.
2020 Audi Q8 Design
The prototype in the spy shots is comparable in size to the Q7, eliminating the possibility that we might be taking a look at the smaller e-tron electric SUV. The e-tron is likewise due for a reveal in 2018 though we’re yet to see any prototypes. The Q8 being comparable in size to the Q7 also makes good sense as the duo shares an identical version of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform designed for front-wheel-drive vehicles with longitudinally-mounted engines.
As the concept and these newest spy shots confirm, the Q8’s coupe-like stance lends it a stylish profile. This is aided by a slightly wider track compared to the Q7. Key competitors will be the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and Land Rover Range Rover Sport. The spy shots likewise expose a more noticable grille compared with what’s found on other Audi SUVs. The headlights also feature the teardrop motif first seen on the present A4 sedan. Still, we need to wonder if the design is distinct enough to stick out in the growing crowd of luxury SUVs.
2020 Audi Q8 Engine
The base powertrain in the United States is expected to be a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 providing 354 horse power and 369 pound-feet of torque. It will be coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Above this will be an e-tron plug-in hybrid model, likely pairing a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with an electrical motor for a combined output of 442 hp and 516 lb-ft. Such a setup was fitted to the Q8 idea.
More potent offerings need to consist of an SQ8 and perhaps even an RS Q8, an idea which is reported to be coming soon. The previous will likely come in diesel taste, though not in the U.S. Recall, Audi already has an SQ7 TDI powered by an electric compressor-equipped twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 diesel good for 429 hp and an enormous 663 lb-ft. Ought to an RS Q8 be released, it will likely come with a variation of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 discovered in the Porsche Panamera Turbo. In the Porsche, the engine delivers up to 550 hp and 567 lb-ft.
2020 Audi Q8 Release Date
The Q8 is a new range-topping SUV that Audi will reveal in late 2018. It will likely reach the United States early the following year, as a 2020 model.
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