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 been found.
2020 Audi Q8 Design
The prototype in the spy shots is comparable in size to the Q7, eliminating the possibility that we might be taking a look at the smaller e-tron electrical SUV. The e-tron is likewise 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 an identical variation of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform developed for front-wheel-drive vehicles with longitudinally-mounted engines.
As the principle and these latest spy shots verify, the Q8’s coupe-like position provides it a stylish profile. This is assisted by a slightly larger track compared to the Q7. Secret competitors will be the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and Land Rover Range Rover Sport. The spy shots also expose a more pronounced grille compared with what’s discovered on other Audi SUVs. The headlights also feature the teardrop motif initially seen on the existing A4 sedan. Still, we have to question if the style is unique enough to stand out in the growing crowd of high-end SUVs.
2020 Audi Q8 Engine
The base powertrain in the United States is anticipated to be a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 providing 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It will be coupled 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 need to include an SQ8 and possibly even an RS Q8, an idea of which is reported to be coming quickly. The former will likely come in diesel flavor, though not in the United States Recall, Audi currently has an SQ7 TDI powered by an electric compressor-equipped twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 diesel great for 429 hp and an enormous 663 lb-ft. Ought to an RS Q8 be introduced, it will likely include a version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 found 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.