German luxury automaker Audi has officially revealed the Q8 SUV globally. Being the first Coupe-SUV by the automaker, the Q8 will be the range-topping model in Audi's Q line-up positioned above the Audi Q7. The concept version of the Audi Q8 was revealed earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. According to Audi, the Q8 will be launched in the European market in the third quarter of 2018.
The powertrain options for the upcoming Audi Q8 has not been officially revealed by the manufacturer but it is likely to come powered by a range of petrol and diesel engine options. Other than this, a new mild hybrid technology (MHEV) aided by a 48-volt primary electrical system with a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter is also expected to be on offer. The Coupe-SUV will initially come powered by a 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine in the Q8 50 TDI variant churning out maximum power of 286 bhp and 600 Nm of peak torque. The engine will come mated to an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro AWD system sending power to all the four wheels will also be seen with the SUV. At a later stage, a less-powerful 3.0 TDI and a 3.0 TFSI petrol variant offering 340 bhp is also expected to be offered with the luxury SUV.
Talking about the design and styling, the upcoming Audi Q8 is built on the same aluminium-rich platform that underpins the like of the Audi Q7, the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley Bentayga and measures 4999 mm in length, 2011 mm in width and 1710 mm in height. This makes the Coupe-SUV wider, shorter and lower than its smaller sibling Q7. In terms of looks, the SUV is quite aggressive, bold and masculine with features such as a large single-frame grille with wide borders with both vertical and horizontal slats with chrome inserted highlights, a pair of sleek LED headlamps with HD Matrix LED technology available as an option and 3D-effect daytime running lamps mounted on the grille. A beefy skid plate and large air intakes and the sloping bonnet features prominent character lines add to the masculinity of the Q8.
Other highlights at the exterior include the sloping roofline that seamlessly merges into the inclined D-pillar and rests against the quattro blisters above the flared wheel arches housing a set of 22-inch wheels, a bold shoulder line, sculpted doors and chrome details while at the rear it gets roof-mounted spoiler and wide LED taillamps with a digital character connected by a light strip as well as a mesh design element that houses the sensors at the rear bumper and the rear skid plate and styling inserts finished in dark chrome below the rear bumper.
Moving towards the interior, the upcoming SUV gets a spacious cabin with a five-seater layout and three-seat system in the rear with longitudinally adjusting on request. The highlight includes a 10.1-inch MMI touch response display on a piano black dashboard layout and one more 8.6-inch digital display below for the air-con system and other in-car controls, while the instruments are shown in the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit. The system also gets the Audi connect data transfer module with the LTE Advanced standard and a Wi-Fi hotspot and the high-resolution 12.3-inch display can be switched between two views via the multifunction steering wheel. Other features include adaptive cruise assist, efficiency assist, crossing assist, lane change warning, curb warning and 360-degree cameras as well as the remote garage pilot that allows the drive to guide the SUV into a garage and back out again autonomously, and all can be done by the myAudi app on their smartphone. Another highlight, the central driver assistance controller continuously computes a differentiated model of the surroundings and uses this to manage the assistance systems. It obtains the required data based on the selected options - from up to five radar sensors, six cameras, twelve ultrasound sensors and the laser scanner.
Though the SUV has been spotted testing on the Indian roads in the past, the automaker has still not confirmed of the Audi Q8 will make its way to the Indian market or not. When launched, the upcoming Audi Q8 will take against the likes of the BMW X6.
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