BMW and Mercedes-Benz dominates luxury SUV Coupe segment, and Audi has just cashed in with A8 concept. Bespeaking a future Q8 that will come to marketplace in 2018, the Bombay blue crossover show automobile portrays the superior process of Audi’s actual design communication in years, with a looking mouth that makes it look like no other automobile currently made by the German brand, as well as frameless windows to give it more of a becoming four-door coupe feel.
Dimensionally, the Q8 concept is very much a Audi Q7. Sitting on a wheelbase just 0.3 inch abbreviated than that of the Q7, the four-passenger Q8 idea’s 198.0-inch general length and 67.2-inch height descend abbreviated of its three-line equivalent by 1.6 and 1.3 inches, respectively, however, the idea’s beamy hips phenomenon in an extra 2.9 inches of width analyzed with the Q7. Audi specified to express the Q8 idea’s intelligence by use a full-length taillamp design and 1980s Quattro-inspired design cues such as burnt barriers at all four wheels. A wide, moved C-pillar and extra intakes atop the idea’s eight-point opening further neckwear the crossover’s design to that of the standard Audi rally automobile.
The Q8 concept does more than just ad a brand-new Audi version, though. Inside, travelers are addrest to a language of touchscreens, which Audi says portend a system reaching to the brand-new A8. While Audi didn’t give much in the path of indoor magnitudes, the company bays the crossover maintains full room for rear travelers despite its sleeker roofline. Unfortunately, the same can’t be expressed for merchandise measure, which, at 22 blockish feet, is 16 blockish feet less than the Q7 affords behind its second line, not to mention 5 blockish feet less than the similarly coated and styled BMW X6.
Underhood sits a 333-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine and a 134-hp electric engine compounded within the crossover’s eight-speed automatic transmission. Together, the hybrid powertrain makes a whole of approximately 443 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, enough attractiveness to move the crossover from zero to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds and on to a led top speed of 155 mph.
Meanwhile, a rear-mounted lithium-ion artillery pack is good for 37 miles of all-electric driving extent and can be charged in approximately two and a half hrs when closed into a 240-volt, 30-amp outlet. Amazingly, Audi refrained from increasing any worthy self driving tech to the automobile. Still, we’re expressed the production Q8 likely will offer such features, as the crossover’s front extremity is designed to meet the technology behind its opening and glass cover.
When the Q8 eventually makes its path to marketplace at the extremity of the year, expect the low-slung crossover coupe to include a collection of powertrain options, including a V-6, a V-8, a gasoline-electric hybrid e-tron version and possibly even a RS Q8 with a 500-plus-hp twin-turbocharged V-8. Users across the lake are also bound to see a handful of diesel options, however, we’re not determining on Audi supplying U.S. bound Q8 versions with this engine option. No concern the powertrain, though, expect the Q8 to sport a premium of at least $5000 to $10,000 over the Q7. We’ll know more later in the year, when Audi is evaluated to formally show the production Q8.