- Audi Q8 makes its public debut at 2017 Detroit Motor Show
- This e-tron model is powered by electric motors and 328hp V6
- Will compete against the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe
- Finished car will go on sale in early 2018
Audi’s revealed its first entry into the SUV coupe market at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show – the vast and very blue Q8. This high-riding rival to the likes of the X6 and GLE Coupe will hit UK roads in 2018. Read on for full details.
2018 Audi Q8 styling
Teaser images have already given us a chance to see elements of the new Q8’s styling but these pictures give us our first chance to see the finished product. First impressions? This is not an SUV for shrinking violets. Not only is it huge, but it sports large, scowling headlights, vast air intakes and a massive gaping grille with bigger bars than a high-security prison.
Contrasting silver side skirts help to make the Q8 look a little less slab-sided but it’ll still tower over unsuspecting family hatchbacks on the morning commute. A full-width rear brake light helps to give the Q8 a squatter stance than its boxier Q7 sibling while the more dramatically sloping roofline and kinked rear spoiler give it a far sportier silhouette.
2018 Audi Q8 interior
The Q8’s huge dashboard-mounted infotainment screen and gloss black touchscreens look suitably futuristic but they’ll probably be toned down slightly for production. Typically exacting Audi build quality should make sure its cabin feels like a truly upmarket place to be, however, while a few sporty touches should make it feel more special than the more family focused Q7.
Unlike the Q7, the Q8 won’t be offered with a seven-seat option and its more shapely profile cuts boot space to approximately 630-litres. This is 140 litres less than the Q7 but 50 litres more than the BMW X6.
2018 Audi Q8 engines and driving
The Q8 will be offered with an e-tron hybrid drive system that pairs a 328hp 3.0-litre V6 with a powerful electric motor. A rear-mounted battery pack will provide enough juice to power the Q8 in silent electric-only mode for as many as 37 miles. Once the petrol engine kicks in, a relaxed cruise should net you 122mpg.
Once you’re tired of pootling around town, the combined 443hp of the Q8’s many moving parts will sprint you from 0-62mph in just 5.4 seconds and on to a 155mph top speed. A quattro all-wheel-drive system will come fitted to the Q8 as standard and will help offer maximum grip when accelerating hard on slippery road surfaces.
2018 Audi Q8 price and release date
When the Q8 goes on sale in 2018 we expect it to cost approximately £10,000 more than the Q7 across the range. Entry-level versions could set you back around £50,000 while top-spec e-tron models could cost more than £65,000.
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Audi Q8 latest news (updated January 2017)
- Range-topping Audi Q8 SUV spotted testing
- Sporty body can be seen for the first time
- Official renders tease what the finished car will look like
- Public debut scheduled for 2017 Detroit Motor Show
Audi’s decided to enter the uber-luxurious Coupe SUV market with its upcoming Q8 – a rival to the high-riding Mercedes GLE Coupe and BMW X6. New images courtesy of Motor 1 give us our first chance to see this rakish SUV undergoing testing…
The new Q8 will be based on the same platform as the practical Q7 but with a much more sporty body. These new images, along with a teaser render released by Audi, suggest the Q8’s bumper will sport a giant gaping grille with a pair of vast air intakes in place of the Q7’s plainer, tamer design.
Beneath the camouflage we expect to find a number of contrasting black trim pieces and new chrome details. Both the spyshots and official render suggest the roofline and rear windscreen will slope more steeply than the Q7 and will grant the new car a more coupe-like silhouette.
We expect this dollop of extra elegance to come at the expense of both passenger headroom and rear luggage space. Audi claims rear seat passengers will still be treated to two comfortable seats but taller individuals will probably feel slightly cramped on longer journeys.
Audi hasn’t confirmed what engines will power its new range-topper but the Q8 should be offered with a similar range of units to the Q7 – including an e-tron hybrid. Alongside 3.0-litre V6 diesel models, we’re keeping our fingers crossed Audi will shoehorn in a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 diesel to create a 435hp SQ8, too.
Audi Q8 price and release date
We’ve been given no official word on when the new Q8 will go on sale but it should make its way into UK showrooms in early 2018. Entry-level models could cost around £60,000 while range-topping SQ8 versions could hit the £80,000 mark.
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Audi Q8 price, specs and release date (updated December 2016)
- Audi teases Q8 Concept
- SUV Coupe to sit above Q7 in Audi’s range
- Styling reportedly inspired by classic Ur Quattro
- Finished car could go on sale in 2018
These official design sketches from Audi give us our first glimpse at the upcoming Q8 Concept. Its styling appears to be inspired by the current Q7 with a number of more aggressive, sporty touches.
The Q8’s large octagonal grille features a menacing black finish with six fang-like chrome strakes while the bonnet boasts four large creases borrowed from the latest A5. Audi’s also taken a hole-punch to its bumper and added a handful of new air intakes below the headlights.
A second image, showing this vast SUV from the side, hints that it’ll boast a more sporty roofline than the boxy Q7. Ordinarily, this change would reduce rear headroom significantly but Audi states the Q8 will offer a spacious interior with ‘four equally comfortable seats’.
A tell-tale e-tron logo on the new car’s bumper suggests it’ll be offered with the same hybrid drive system as the Q7 e-tron. If a Q8 e-tron reaches production, it’s expected to come with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine producing more than 270hp mated to a 126hp electric motor.
Alongside this high-tech hybrid, a familiar range of petrol and diesel engines should also be available. We’re keeping our fingers crossed Audi will shoehorn in the SQ7’s 435hp 4.0-litre V8 to produce a high-performance SQ8, too.
Audi Q8 price and release date
When the Q8 goes on sale, it’ll be priced to rival the likes of the Mercedes GLE Coupe and the BMW X6. Entry-level cars could cost approximately £55,000 to £60,000 while range-topping SQ8 versions could set you back as much as £80,000.
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Audi Q8 SUV price, specs and release date (updated July 2016)
A prototype Audi Q8 SUV-coupe has been caught undergoing on-road testing for the first time in images courtesy of AutoEvolution. Although it currently wears Q7 bodywork, it’s likely the chassis being tested is destined for application in Audi’s first SUV-coupe. Our exclusive render above shows how it could look. Read on for full details.
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Former Audi technical chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, has said the new car will be “more emotional and sporty than the Q7” and that “the Q8 will be more coupe-like”. This suggests the new model could take the Q7’s rugged SUV platform and add a more stylish body, possibly inspired by the recent Prologue concept car.
These images show a prototype wearing rudimentary wheelarch extensions bolted over the rear wheels. This may be to cover a wider rear track than the standard Q7 – a feature that could help improve cornering stability as well as give the car a sportier and more aggressive stance.
The Q8 isn’t expected to reach UK showrooms until 2018 but, when it does, it will probably be priced to compete with the likes of the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe. Entry-level models could cost between £50,000 and £60,000. Should a high-performance SQ8 model be launched, it could set you back as much as £90,000.
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Audi Q8 SUV latest news (updated June 2016)
A leaked photo from rpiwarren not only shows Audi is developing a V6 version of the R8 supercar, but that it’s also planning to launch a new model called the Q8. No official images of this coupe-inspired SUV exist but our render above shows what it could look like. Read on for everything we know about this new range-topping, high-riding SUV coupe…
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New Audi Q8 styling
The new Audi Q8 will reportedly be based on the Q7 platform, albeit with a coupe-inspired body rather than a boxy SUV design. The coupe SUV market has grown steadily over recent years, both BMW and Mercedes now offer sporty off-roaders in the form of the X4, X6 and GLE, and now Audi seems keen to join the party.
The Q8’s front is likely to retain the current generation of Audi’s angular design language with signature LED headlights and a large metal-coloured grille. The sportier coupe bodystyle could result in the front and rear bumpers being given a more aggressive look than the relatively understated Q7, however.
New Audi Q8 interior
We don’t expect the interior to depart too drastically from the current Q7 design that has been very highly praised by critics. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system will certainly be fitted to some models, at the very least as an optional extra, and the Q8’s interior will doubtless feature leather-trimmed seats and the brand’s traditionally robust build quality.
The main difference between the Q8 and Q7 on the practicality front will probably be distinctly limited rear headroom as a result of the former’s coupe bodyshape. The Q8’s handsome sloping roofline will dramatically cut into the available boot space and taller rear-seat passengers may not be quite as comfortable over longer journeys.
New Audi Q8 engines and driving
The Q8 will likely come with the same selection of engines as the Q7 on which it’s based. The entry-level model could come with a 3.0-litre 215hp diesel engine although the more powerful 268hp version of the same unit has a better blend of fuel economy, refinement and performance.
A electric e-tron hybrid version could launch using a combination of a diesel engine and a powerful electric motor. It will almost certainly be more expensive to buy than the standard diesel model but a Q8 e-tron will likely be faster, more economical to run and potentially free to tax. An SQ8 version, using the same 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 diesel as the recently launched SQ7, is also very likely.
New Audi Q8 price
We expect the Q8 to be priced to compete with the BMW X6 and, as a result, it could cost approximately £52,000 to £68,000 depending on engine and trim. If an SQ8 model is put into production, it will probably cost more than £70,000.
New Audi Q8 release date
Thanks to the leaked image above we can say that Audi plans to release the Audi Q8 in 2018 but we will have to wait for official confirmation from Audi before we know the specific date. We can expect to see a concept or preview vehicle shown to the public before the end of 2017, however.
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