We got a sneak peek of it at the 2017 Detroit auto show in the form of a concept and now some prototypes for Audi’s upcoming Q8 have been spotted.
2020 Audi Q8 Design
The model in the spy shots is comparable in size to the Q7, dismissing the possibility that we might be taking a look at the smaller e-tron electrical SUV. The e-tron is likewise due for a reveal in 2018 though we’re yet to see any prototypes. The Q8 being similar in size to the Q7 likewise makes 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 validate, the Q8’s coupe-like position provides it a sporty profile. This is helped by a slightly broader track compared to 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 pronounced grille compared to what’s discovered on other Audi SUVs. The headlights also feature the teardrop motif first seen on the current A4 sedan. Still, we need to wonder if the style is unique enough to stand out in the growing crowd of high-end SUVs.
2020 Audi Q8 Engine
The base powertrain in the U.S. is anticipated to be a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 providing 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired with an 8-speed automated 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 electric motor for a combined output of 442 hp and 516 lb-ft. Such a setup was fitted to the Q8 concept.
More powerful offerings must consist of an SQ8 and perhaps even an RS Q8, an idea which is reported to be coming quickly. The previous will likely can be found in diesel taste, though not in the United States Recall, Audi currently 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. Ought to 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 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.