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Audi has yet to reveal the new SUV's price tag. The Q8 will join the line-up as the company’s flagship model, so “a starting price of £70,000 seems likely”.
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Audi will introduce a new flagship SUV later this year that will rival premium crossovers such as the Porsche Cayenne and the Range Rover.
Called the Q8, the new Audi will share much of its architecture with the company’s seven-seater Q7 and the newly released Lamborghini Urus super SUV.
The German car giant has remained tight-lipped over the car’s pricing and launch date, but Auto Express has spotted the car undergoing testing - suggesting a production model isn’t too far away.
More details are expected at the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from 8-18 March. Until then, here’s everything we know about the new Q8.
Price and release
Audi has yet to reveal the new SUV's price tag. However, the Q8 will join the line-up as the company’s flagship model, so “a starting price of £70,000 seems likely”.
The German car giant often offers faster versions of its cars at a later date, the website says, so expect S models to cost around £20,000 more and RS variants to enter at £100,000 before optional extras are added.
A release date hasn’t been officially announced yet either, but Auto Express says the Q8 is tipped to launch “later this year”.
In the meantime, a production-ready version could make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
You may notice some similarities between the Q8 and Lamborghini’s new Urus SUV, as the two cars share the same production platform. For example, the Audi has the same sloped roofline and angular rear end as its Italian sibling.
The luxury crossover also has the same body-wide tail light cluster as the company’s new A8 saloon, which is available only on the company’s flagship models.
At the front, the website says the Q8 will sport “a particularly striking gaping grille with two lower vents and slim headlights”.
But the SUV’s sporty looks takes its toll on practicality, says Auto Express, as the Q8’s 630-litre boot is 279 litres shy of its rival, the Range Rover.
Details of the production model’s interior are scarce, as the Q8 is still undergoing testing.
However, Auto Express says the Q8 concept, which first appeared at last year’s Detroit Motor Show, features a 12.3in touchscreen infotainment system with Audi’s critically acclaimed Virtual Cockpit software.
The system is available on the majority of Audi’s line-up and allows drivers to customise the layout of their digital dashboard. For instance, you view the sat-nav or make phone calls using the digital display behind the steering wheel.
Plus, much of the switchgear in the Q8 concept has been replaced by touch panels, says Auto Express, but it’s not known whether these will transfer over to the production car.
Engines and performance
Audi will offer the Q8 with a selection of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines, most of which come in either V6 or V8 form.
Kicking off the range is a 3.0-litre turbo diesel six-cylinder engine, the magazine says, while top-of-the-range models get “a secret new petrol-electric plug-in hybrid system”.
Little is known about the electrified powertrain, but Autocar says it’s “being developed in partnership with Porsche and is claimed to give the Q8 an electric-only range of up to 31 miles”.