We got a preview of it at the 2017 Detroit auto show in the form of a concept and now some models for Audi’s upcoming Q8 have actually been identified.
2020 Audi Q8 Design
The prototype in the spy shots is similar in size to the Q7, dismissing the possibility that we may be looking at the smaller e-tron electrical SUV. The e-tron is also due for an expose in 2018 though we’re yet to see any models.
The Q8 being comparable in size to the Q7 also makes good sense as the duo shares a similar variation of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform developed for front-wheel-drive vehicles with longitudinally-mounted engines.
As the concept and these newest spy shots verify, the Q8’s coupe-like stance lends it a sporty profile. This is assisted 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 likewise reveal a more noticable grille compared to exactly what’s discovered on other Audi SUVs. The headlights likewise feature the teardrop concept initially seen on the current A4 sedan. Still, we have to question if the design is unique enough to stick out in the growing crowd of high-end SUVs.
2020 Audi Q8 Engine
The base powertrain in the United States is expected to be a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 delivering 354 horse power and 369 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired with an 8-speed automatic 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 potent offerings must include an SQ8 and possibly even an RS Q8, a concept of which is reported to be coming soon. The former will likely can be found in diesel taste, though not in the United States Recall, Audi already has an SQ7 TDI powered by an electric compressor-equipped twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 diesel helpful for 429 hp and a massive 663 lb-ft. Must an RS Q8 be launched, it will likely include a variation of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 discovered in the Porsche Panamera Turbo. In the Porsche, the engine provides 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 following year, as a 2020 model.