Audi recently unveiled its five seater Q8 SUV in China. As one of its main markets it hard not to see why the Far Est was the launch pad as the premium German automaker wants in on the lucrative luxury SUV market. The Audi Q8 joins the bigger Q7 in the brand’s crossover lineup. Audi says this SUV is the first to feature the automaker’s updated “design language” for the exterior – featuring more aggressive styling, with a lower roofline, and a raked rear window, and is set to compete with the likes of the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and Jaguar F Pace.
The Q8 is based on Volkswagen’s MLB Evo platform, with a lot of aluminum-intensive structure and suspension systems as the Q7 and also believe it as found on the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, and the Porsche Cayenne SUVs! In term of looks, the Q8 has a more pronounced octagonal grill with deep air intakes set below the bumper and a more curvier fluid side design with accentuated flared boxy wheel arches with some nods to styling from the famed Audi Quattro Coupe produced from the 1980’s. There is a black centerpiece between the taillights ala- Quattro, and the wide grille and low roofline makes the Q8 seem squat and muscular with its optional 22-inch wheels.
Engine choice is rumoured to be a 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with a mild-hybrid system with all-wheel drive as standard. An eight speed ZF automatic gearbox is the default transmission and Audi have yet to announce the specifics regarding the powertrain although the mild hybrid system will be able to run for a period of time on battery power alone. The Q8 will have standard all-wheel drive; with the ability to send more power to the axle where it’s needed. An optional adaptive air suspension will give the Q8 the ability to increase its ride height, allowing it to tackle rougher terrain.
Interior wise, the dashboard will take its cues from the 2019 Audi A8 and A6 sedans— with Audi’s “virtual cockpit” featuring a 12.3-inch instrument panel that can display everything from audio and phone information to full-color maps in the instrument panel in an number of customizable formats…it a very impressive piece of technology There is provision for a 10.1 inches wide MultiMedia Interface (MMI) infotainment system. While there is also another customizable 8.6-inch touch screen for climate controls and text input, including entering navigation inputs. The touch screens use the haptic feedback system to confirm a selection, and users will be able to create onscreen shortcuts and move apps using gestures and swipes as in a smartphone.
The MMI will also have voice commands and natural-language requests. A sports orientated chassis will be present while air springs suspension will enhance comfort and rumoured rear-wheel steering will improve handling. A sporty performance enhanced SQ8 variant is expected as well. Audi has not yet revealed a North American and Canadian price for the Q8, but it surely will be above the $50,000 with a premium for the SQ8.