Audi has always been known as one of the top automobile manufacturers ahead of the curve. If 2017 was any indication, 2018 will look to escalate that with the all-new Audi Q8. After appearing as a concept during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017, the Audi Q8 encompasses a perfect blend between elegance and utility in a new look for all sports utility vehicles (SUVs).
At first glance, the Q8 is a lot sportier in contrast to its siblings like the Q7 and the Q5. Marc Litche, Audi’s new head of design, will be overseeing the conception of the Q8. Litche introduces a brand new language to the Q8, featuring a much wider grille while drawing inspirations from the Audi Quattro rally cars of the 1980s.
Exuding sportiness to a great degree, the Q8 features a new wide, single frame grille with five vertical slats within. The grille is flanked by newly designed headlamps, which are quite different from its predecessors. In terms of the rear, it takes a page out of the A7 Sportsback with its wide taillamp design. Its turn indicators will also feature multiple vertical strips. Both the headlamps and taillamps are full-laser LED lights, the first in an SUV.
While the exterior of the Q8 emphasises on sportiness, its cabin places focus on luxury. From plush leather seating to a virtual cockpit, the Q8 will also house a dual-screen setup that has already become a household staple to its recent releases. The front portion of the screen will display its infotainment content while the bottom screen handles the car’s climate controls.
Housed within the hood sits a plug-in hybrid engine with 330kW of system output as well as 700nm of torque. Unfortunately, there are no updates on what will sit within the Q8. Fret not as we will be updating accordingly once more news comes our way. The featured model in the images is the Audi Q8 50 TDI Quattro, which will likely carry a V6 diesel engine.
To find out more about the all-new Audi Q8, you can head over to its microsite that has a five-part mini-series regarding the Q8. You can also head over to Audi to check out how its concept looks like as compared to the latest rendition.