Audi has taken the wraps off the all-new flagship Q8 SUV at the second Audi Summit in China. The new SUV is manufactured at the Bratislava plant and will be launched in the UK in the next couple of months. Being originally revealed as Q8 Sport concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show firstly, the India launch of Audi Q8 might take place by the end of 2018. All-new Audi Q8 would lock horns with the likes of BMW X6, Volvo XC90 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. Donning the appearance of a four-door luxury coupé, it offers ample space for five people.
Audi Q8 carries forward the progressive design language that Audi first brought onto the road with the new A8. Flaunting the Singleframe in octagonal design, the Audi Q8 debuts the new face of the Q family. Six distinctive vertical chrome fins flank the radiator grille, while HD matrix LED headlights alongside daytime running light and the low beam come fitted as standard. The Q8 owners can use the myAudi app on their smartphone to activate various lighting functions and experience them from the outside. Measuring 4986mm in length, 1995mm in width and 1705mm in height, it is 66 mm shorter, but has become 27 mm wider than the Q7. The SUV rides on 21-inch alloy wheels, while having a boot capacity of 605 litres which is further extendable to 1,755 litres with the rear backrests folded down.
The tailgate can be opened and closed electrically as standard. Inside the cabin, upper MMI touch response display with black-panel appearance takes the central stage. The operating concept in the Audi Q8 needs almost no buttons or knobs. It focuses on two high-resolution touch displays. The upper display with 10.1 inch screen diagonal is used for controlling the infotainment and the navigation system. The lower 8.6 inch display allows the driver to manage the heating, ventilation and air conditioning as well as comfort functions and text input. MMI navigation plus with MMI Touch also includes the Audi virtual cockpit as standard. Its high-resolution 12.3 inch display can be switched between two views – classic and navigation – with the multi-function steering wheel.
The Q8 SUV boasts of sound systems from Bang & Olufsen with the top version featuring 23 speakers and delivering the 3D sound with its treble information to the front seats as well as to the rear. The standard safety features include Emergency assist, Audi pre sense 360°, Exit warning and lane change warning, and Park plus assist. Mechanically, it is powered by a 3.0L 6-cylinder TDI diesel engine which develops top power of 282bhp and peak torque of 600Nm. The engine is linked to an 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission with sport-configured adaptive air suspension as standard feature. The SUV does a 0-100kmph in just 6.3 seconds before topping out at 232kmph. A smaller 3.0L diesel with maximum power of 227bhp and a 3.0L TFSI petrol engine with power output of 335bhp will follow early next year.