We got a preview of it at the 2017 Detroit auto show in the type 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 similar in size to the Q7, eliminating the possibility that we might be taking a look at the smaller sized e-tron electrical SUV. The e-tron is also due for an expose in 2018 though we’re yet to see any prototypes.
The Q8 being comparable in size to the Q7 also makes sense as the duo shares an identical variation of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform developed for front-wheel-drive vehicles with longitudinally-mounted engines.
As the concept and these most current spy shots validate, the Q8’s coupe-like position lends it a stylish profile. This is helped by a somewhat larger track compared to the Q7. Secret competitors will be the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and Land Rover Range Rover Sport.
The spy shots likewise reveal a more noticable grille compared to what’s discovered on other Audi SUVs. The headlights also feature the teardrop concept first seen on the current A4 sedan. Still, we have to wonder if the style is unique enough to stand apart in the growing crowd of high-end SUVs.
2020 Audi Q8 Engine
The base powertrain in the U.S. is expected to be a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 delivering 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired 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 principle.
More powerful offerings should include an SQ8 and perhaps even an RS Q8, a concept of which is reported to be coming quickly. The former will likely be available in diesel flavor, 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 introduced, it will likely come with a variation of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 found in the Porsche Panamera Turbo. In the Porsche, the engine provides up to 550 hp and 567 lb-ft.
2020 Audi Q8 Release Date
The Q8 is a brand-new range-topping SUV that Audi will reveal in late 2018. It will likely reach the United States early the list below year, as a 2020 model.