Audi recently showcased a new concept that created a lot of hype at the 2017 Detroit motor show, the Audi Q8. Well, the unrest is now over that it is soon arriving in India as some auto enthusiasts spotted it being tested on Indian roads in Mumbai. The yet to be unveiled Audi Q8 would become the elder sibling of the current hotshot SUV the Audi Q7.
The Audi Q8 is also the debut for Marc Lichte, the new Head of Design at Audi. He revamped the traditional Audi Q-series design by adding bits here and there while deriving most of the cues from the concept design. The latest addition to the conventional look is the new Octagonal front grill, also spotted in the concept car.
The design of the Audi Q8 is a cross between the luxury of a Coupe and the presence of an SUV. The concept showcased large touchscreens and an analogue heads-up display. Loaded with all the techs and gizmos, the SUV will be sporting the Audi Virtual Cockpit. As spotted in the leaked pictures, the Q8 flaunts Laser Matrix headlamps accompanied with LED DRLs and a chiselled octagonal grille. The design is closely related to the concept car and its predecessor – the Q7.
As far as the dimensions are concerned the length of Q8 would be 5020mm with a wheelbase of 3000mm which will amount to an SUV with impressive road presence. Inspired by a coupe design, the Q8 will still offer the comfort and space of an SUV.
It would be a plug-in-hybrid car that would be highly efficient while being a beast with a maximum output of 330kw (or about 443bhp of power) and 700nm of torque. While the engine options in India are yet to be disclosed by the manufacturer, it is most likely to have a 3.0-litre petrol engine. It is also said to be the first engine to be equipped with Electrically Powered Compressor so that it can power the turbine wheel and fulfil the energy shortage of the Turbocharger whenever required so that the lags can be negligible, thereby reducing the need for a twin-turbo.
All this power is transferred to wheels through an 8-speed automatic gearbox, channelling energy into all the wheels by Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system. The car accelerates from 0 – 100kmph in under 4.7 seconds and top end at 272kmph.
The production of Audi’s Q8 is to start next year, and it is the German automobile manufacturer’s answer to BMW’s X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe already on sale in the market.