Get in the queue – the Q8 concept could be reality in 2018
Shown at the North American International Auto Show, the Audi Q8 concept looks set to be available as a production model sometime in 2018. The concept establishes the direction for the Audi Q8 as a full-size SUV, with a luxury, lounge-like interior for four and an exterior that exudes a sporty, coupé-like style. The Q8 takes all that’s good about an SUV as a practical, tough utility vehicle and adds elegance, prestige and efficiency in abundance. The model description is based on the concept, so there could still be a lot of changes and improvements incorporated into the final production car. To find out more about the Audi Q8 as soon as we know about it, just send an enquiry or register your interest. Take a look at the Audi Q8 Sport Concept revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.
It’s big – 5.02 metres long to be precise and with a 3.0 metre wheelbase, and all that size means a lot of interior space with generous headroom at the back. In fact, all four seats offer an equal degree of comfort whether sitting in the front or the back, as well as there being 630 litres of luggage space. But the main feature of the interior is that it’s designed to offer luxury and comfort beyond anything found before in an SUV; it’s a whole new concept in SUV design.
With a height of 1.7 metres, all the lines along the sides of the Q8 are focused upwards and towards the rear, giving an impression of dynamic movement, emphasised by the athletic curves of all the side panels. The front is dominated by the octagonal single-frame grille with honeycomb insert, whilst a powerful aluminium blade marks the lower edge of the bumper. The Q8 comes with a strong lighting signature, comprising wedge-shaped headlights, utilising digital matrix laser technology. At the rear, there’s a long roof-edge spoiler accentuating the sportiness of the Q8 and again lighting is key, with a strong e-tron light signature.
The Audi virtual cockpit is your portal, featuring a high-resolution display, 1920 x 720 pixels with a 12.3” TFT screen. There’s also a contact analogue head-up display, which makes use of intelligent augmented reality to merge the real world with the information you need. In the centre of the Q8’s dashboard sits the MMI monitor for accessing all your infotainment, and all functions are accessible through touchscreens, minimising the need for knobs and buttons, and creating a simple, clean interior.
Power and performance
The Audi Q8 is powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system, comprising a 3.0 TFSI engine, producing 245kW and a maximum of 500Nm of torque, and an electric motor, producing 100kW of power and 330Nm of torque, both combined with an eight speed tiptronic and, of course, the quattro all-wheel-drive system. 0-62mph is reached in just 5.4 seconds and the Q8 has a top speed of 155.3mph.
All the information we have right now is for the Audi Q8 in concept form and we won’t know until 2018 what the production car will be like for sure. But if you can’t wait that long, come along to your local M25 dealership and take a look at the Audi Q7 2017.