Audi, the Ingolstadt based luxury car manufacturer has announced a new car in the form of a range-topping crossover SUV called Q8. Based on the next-generation Q7, the SUV will be positioned above the Q7 and will be one of the last cars to come with the current design language. The car will be unveiled at the upcoming Detroit motor show to be held in January next year.
The official sales will start within the next year, and is under the development stage. "The Q8 will come," said Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, CTO, Audi. "It will be something new, following designs established on the Prologue concept [revealed at the LA show]. It will be positioned as something more emotional and more sporty than the Q7. The Q7 will be a car for seven people, the Q8 will be more coupe like."
To go on sale within next three years, the new SUV is a part of Audi's expansion plan of 11 new vehicles by 2020. Audi is predicting that 40 percent of the total sales will come from the SUVs in the coming year. With the launch of Q8, Audi will boast of a range comprising 60 models. Q8 is being developed keeping in mind, markets like China, the Middle East and the United States.
Q8 will share the second-generation MLB (modular longitudinal architecture) platform, which is to be shared by the next generation Q7, Bentey SUV, Porsche Cayenne and many other long SUVs of the Volkswagen family. A range of V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines will be offered, alongside plug-in hybrids and possibly an all-electric version.
The Q8 will be the plushest and most premium SUV from the VW family and will be at-par with the A8 saloon in terms of performance and technology. But the added advantage will be the off-roading capability of the car and the adjustable air suspensions. The overall length of the car will be more than five metre.
The Q8 will challenge the likes of the BMW X6, Range Rover Sport and upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC.
Source: AutoCar UK