Audi’s range of models seem to grow and grow, and at 2017 Detroit Motor Show, the German marque revealed yet another SUV – the Audi Q8 – to add to its ever-increasing range. Expected to roll off the production line later this year, it has been called just another, bigger SUV. But this doesn’t do the Audi Q8 justice.
The new Audi Q8 ushers in a new design language for the German marque, and it is set to come with a cutting-edge hybrid powertrain. So what else do we know about the Audi Q8? When’s it coming out, what specs has Audi released, and how much is it going to cost?
Keep reading to find out everything we know about Audi’s forthcoming range-topper.
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New Audi Q8: Design
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As you’d expect, the Audi Q8 continues the same sort of styling as the rest of the Audi range, so the SUV’s front is dominated by a large, hexagonal grill.
The rear of the new SUV features wraparound lights, something we originally saw on the on the Audi e-tron concept early last year. The 2018 Audi Q8’s slots into Audi’s Q range of multi-terrain vehicles, and the number signifies its size and ranking within the off-road range. That means the Audi Q8 is bigger than the already enormous Audi Q7, and measures over five metres long, with a wheelbase of three metres — however, it is expected to be 40mm closer to the ground.
Spy shots, seen in January this year, gave us more details about the Auo Q8’s design. It has a 630-litre boot and a tapered rear end that will see five seats added — one more than the concept shown in Detroit.
New Audi Q8: Interior
Inside, that means you’ll get more space than the Audi Q7, and although the Audi Q8 shown in Detroit came with four seats, we expect the production version of the Audi Q8 to come with a five-seat layout – and a much larger boot.
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Powered by Android?
At Google’s annual I/O conference in 2017, Audi rolled out an Audi Q8 concept that ran on an Android OS. And no, that’s not Android Auto integration, that’s a whole new Android OS that Audi could use in its future cars.
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The new Android OS used in the Audi has a skin applied, so it has the look and feel of an Audi system – but underneath it’s all Google. Audi says users will be able access apps like Spotify, Google Play Music and other music services just like a normal Android device, and Google’s AI Assistant software will also be preloaded onto the system.
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So could it actually appear on the Audi Q8? Maybe.
Audi already has one of the best infotainment systems I’ve used, but the decision to work with Google at this early stage might keep it ahead of the competition. Sure, Audi’s infotainment systems are great now, but as users become more acclimatised to car tech and want to access things like apps, using a Android or iOS framework could make things much easier. This is still at a concept stage, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it appears in production Audis one or two years down the line.
To use the features of the Android OS, the Audi Q8 will come with a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display with a higher resolution than previous models.
New Audi Audi Q8: Engines
We’re not yet sure what engines will be offered in the Audi Q8, but Audi showcased the new car with a plug-in hybrid e-tron engine – specifically a three-litre TFSI engine along with a 17.9kWh lithium-ion battery. Audi says that the dual-powered engine will produce a combined 438bhp and 700Nm of torque using an eight-speed automatic gearbox and quattro four-wheel drive.
With this power, Audi has claimed a 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds, with a top speed of 155mph. The company added that the Audi Q8 emits 53g/km of CO2.
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New Audi Audi Q8: UK price
Audi hasn’t released any pricing details of the new Audi Q8, but a look at the Audi Q7 price list points to a rough price for the new SUV. The Audi Audi Q7 starts at £49,505, which means that the Audi Q8 will probably start at something like £70,000, with a hybrid model costing upwards of £80,000.
Although it’s a direct comparison, it’s also worth looking at the price of the Porsche Cayenne, as it’s another flagship VW group car. Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo model starts at £94,000 so it’s possible the Audi Audi Q8 could retail for a similar amount.