We got a preview of it at the 2017 Detroit auto show in the kind of a concept and now some models for Audi’s upcoming Q8 have actually been found.
2020 Audi Q8 Design
The prototype in the spy shots is similar in size to the Q7, dismissing the possibility that we might be taking a look at the smaller e-tron electric SUV. The e-tron is likewise 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 a similar version of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform developed for front-wheel-drive vehicles with longitudinally-mounted engines. As the idea and these latest spy shots validate, the Q8’s coupe-like stance provides it a sporty profile. This is helped by a somewhat broader track compared with the Q7. Secret rivals will be the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and Land Rover Range Rover Sport.
The spy shots also reveal a more noticable grille compared with exactly what’s discovered on other Audi SUVs. The headlights also feature the teardrop concept initially seen on the present A4 sedan. Still, we have to wonder if the style is distinct enough to stand 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 horsepower 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, most likely pairing a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with an electric motor for a combined output of 442 hp and 516 lb-ft. Such a setup was fitted to the Q8 principle.
More potent offerings need to consist of an SQ8 and maybe even an RS Q8, an idea which is reported to be coming soon. The previous will likely be available in diesel flavor, though not in the United States Recall, Audi already has an SQ7 TDI powered by an electric compressor-equipped twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 diesel great for 429 hp and an enormous 663 lb-ft. Must an RS Q8 be launched, it will likely come with a version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 found 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 list below year, as a 2020 model.