Audi, as we all know very well, makes high end luxury vehicles. In its fleet there is a Q segment which represents luxury crossover SUV of this German company. Luxury crossover SUV unfortunately means they are not made for serious off-roading but the Quattro permanent four wheel drive system with a central locking differential, and a self leveling air suspension with Continuous Damping Control called Adaptive air suspension, helps a lot in some off road situations. The former Q segments utilized a modified version of the Volkswagen Group PL71 platform, but now Audi is making use of the Prologue concept and flagship A8 which will probably come along side of the new 2018 Audi Q8. What is left for all of us next is to keep reading for further details and wait for it to hit the markets.
Some information we received came from the Audi itself saying that the 2018 Q8 will be positioned as something more emotional and more sporty than the Q7, where the Q7 will be a car for seven people and the Q8 will be more coupe like, as we found out from the online buzz. The new 2018 Audi Q8 will borrow many of its styling cues from the second generation SUV, so we can expect the sharper look, broader eight corner single-frame grille that houses a series of vertical chrome strips, and thin headlamps, but with a coupe-like roof and a slightly revised rear end. As with the Q7, the body structure of the Q8 is set to make extensive use of aluminum in a bid to push lower-end models below the 2000kg mark. Audi will also look for inspiration in the Prologue concept as we already mentioned, meaning that the Q8 could also introduce a new design language for the company’s crossovers and SUVs.
The sporty new SUV will ride on Volkswagen’s second-generation MLB platform, which is also shared by the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, Bentley Bentayga, and the upcoming Lamborghini Urus. So feel free to be thrilled by its future sporty look and stance but without losing any points on ride comfort and elegance.
2018 Audi Q8 engine and specs
Among the engines destined for the Q8 will be a new range of V6 and V8 petrol units. According to the rumors, these are currently in the final stages of development in a joint venture between Audi and Porsche that carries the internal codename “KoVoMo”. The new V6 and V8 are based around a shared 90 degree architecture and will feature a common 500cc individual cylinder capacity, suggesting sizes of 3.0 L with 333 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque and 4.0 L with yet unknown specs. Moving over to diesels, the familiar 3.0 L TDI will produce 272 HP and 442 lb-ft of torque, while a second version of the turbo-diesel V6 will generate 218 HP and 369 lb-ft of twist. A Q8 e-tron version is also likely, and highly considered. This model, based on the online chatter, will pair a 3.0 L TDI and an electric motor built into the 8 speed automatic transmission. The combo develops 373 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque in the Q7 and provides a 34.8 miles of range on electric power only, but expect these figures to change for the Q8, as most of the drivetrains above will receive an update before the crossover arrives in dealerships.
The new 2018 Audi Q8 will be, on one hand, very different from the Q7 but on the other, not so much. What is most likely to be sure is a possibility that the new Q8 will inherit most of its interior from the next gen A8 flagship sedan. As far as the design goes, it should get the same dashboard as the Q7, which includes the new continuous air vent strip, a cleaner center stack and OLED high-definition digital displays. As we can all presume he Q8’s cabin will be packed with the finest materials such as leather and Alcantara in several color options and complemented by a host of aluminum and wood trims. It will also receive state of the line MMI system featuring intelligent suggestions for different tasks, one or optionally two 10.1-inch tablets as rear seat monitors, and the very latest in autonomous driving functions.
Release date and price
Release date is yet unconfirmed definitely, but there are some suggestions that it might come in time for the 2018 model year, meaning late 2017 or even the first half of 2018. Keep your eyes and ears open for any further news. Price will probably be out of this world, but so will the new Q8, so who cares. We have received info that 2018 Audi Q8 might be somewhere around $68.000 for base version and $120.000 for the RS trim.
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